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To John Davy   25 March [1855]

Down Farnborough Kent

March 25

My dear Sir

I arrived home late last night, (bringing with me the Angler & his Friend)1 & found your Paper2 here; I write this merely in case that you might be surprised that I had not earlier acknowledged its safe arrival.—

I assure you I feel much pleased & flattered by the form you have done me the honour of putting the communication under.3

In two or three days I will forward it to the Royal Socy. & do myself the pleasure of writing to you again.—

In Haste pray believe me | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin


The title of Davy 1855. CD recorded having read it on 25 April 1855 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 10).
See letter from John Davy, 21 March 1855, which was intended to be communicated by CD to the Royal Society. It was later published as Davy 1856.
The paper was written in epistolary style addressed to CD. It explained the results of experiments that Davy stated had been suggested to him by CD.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Davy, John. 1856. On the vitality of the ova of the Salmonidæ of different ages; in a letter addressed to Charles Darwin, Esq., M.A., V.P.R.S. &c. [Read 7 February 1856.] Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 8 (1856–7): 27–33.


Will forward JD’s paper to the Royal Society ["On the ova of salmon", Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 146 (1856): 21–9].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Davy
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Royal Institution of Great Britain (Box XVII, 210)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1653,” accessed on 24 November 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5