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Darwin Correspondence Project

James Smith


Optical instrument maker. Richard Beck was his apprentice. Entered into partnership with Beck in 1847.


BMD (Death index)

age at death 73

Census returns of England and Wales 1841 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/666/6/8/8), 1861 (RG9/151/125/20), 1851 (HO107/1532/72/17), 1871 (RG10/299/34/1)

England & Wales, national probate calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858–1966, 1973–95 (, accessed 9 April 2018)

Turner 1989, p. 171


BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Turner, Gerard L’E. 1989. The great age of the microscope: the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society though 150 years. Bristol and New York: Adam Hilger.