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To William Bowman   8 April [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap. 8th

My dear Bowman

Donders in describing the movement of the eye in meditation refers me to “Sölberg Wells, Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye 1869;” & says that perhaps you could lend it me.—2 If you could spare it for only 2 or 3 days it would be quite sufficient. Can you do so? I suppose that it is a large book, as he refers to p. 548.; so, it had better be sent (if you can send it) to

C. Darwin

Orpington Station


South Eastern


Believe me, my dear Bowman | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. C. Donders, 1 April 1872.
See letter from F. C. Donders, 1 April 1872 and n. 3. CD refers to John Soelberg Wells and Wells 1869.


Wells, John Soelberg. 1869. A treatise on the diseases of the eye. London: John Churchill & Sons.


Asks to borrow "Sölberg Wells, Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye 1869" referred to by F. C. Donders.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bowman, 1st baronet
Sent from
Source of text
Sir John Paget Bowman (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8280,” accessed on 22 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20