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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. B. Sowerby   [1845?]1

Down near Bromley Kent


My dear Sir

I hope to bring the shells (if it be convenient to you) about eleven oclock, on next Thursday morning.— If you will not be at home, would you kindly send me a line by return of Post: if I do not hear, I shall understand, that my visit will be convenient to you.—

I hope I shall not fail this time, but my engagements must always be uncertain, owing to the great uncertainty of my health.

Believe me | dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


The conjectured date is based on several lists of shells in the Darwin Archive dated 1845 by George Brettingham Sowerby. During that year CD was at work on both South America and Journal of researches 2d ed., and for both he consulted Sowerby on shell identifications and descriptions.


South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.


Arranges to call on correspondent and bring some shells.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Brettingham Sowerby
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Source of text
Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Bibliothèque de Botanique, Paris
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 806,” accessed on 23 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3