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To Williams & Norgate   13 April [1874]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap. 13th

Dear Sir

I enclose a cheque.—1

I am aware that I often give you an unreasonable amount of trouble, but if it is possible to get odd numbers of the “Flora” (German), I very much want nors. 28 & 29 of the year 1873.2 Or if necessary half a volume for the year.— Pray help me as far as you can

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

If the book is not very expensive I wd have if necessary the whole vol. for the year 1873.


CD’s Classed account books (Down House MS) record a payment of £3 7s. on 10 April 1874 to Williams & Norgate, a London bookseller specialising in science and foreign language publications.
Issues 28 and 29 of the German journal Flora (1873) contained a two-part article by the Russian botanist Alexander Feodorowicz Batalin on nyctitropism in leaves (Batalin 1873). CD’s annotated copy with a separate sheet of notes is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. The article is cited in Movement in plants, pp. 283, 321–2, 387.


Batalin, Alexander Fedorovich. 1873. Ueber die Ursachen der periodischen Bewegungen der Blumen- und Laubblätter. Flora 56: 433–41, 449–55.

Movement in plants: The power of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.


Asks correspondent to obtain odd numbers of Flora.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Williams & Norgate
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.440)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9406,” accessed on 1 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22