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To Williams and Norgate   29 [January 1860]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

I enclose draft for your account with my thanks for all your very kind assistance.—2

Please procure for me Agassiz Index Generum— it is a one volume Book & distinct from the Nomenclator.—3

M. Quatrefage is going to send me a book of his through you,4 when it arrives, please send it to 57 Queen Anne St Cavendish Sqe. — Please send there, also, the Index.—5

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


The recipient and date are inferred from an entry in CD’s Account book (see n. 2, below) and from the endorsement.
See letter to Williams and Norgate, 16 January [1860]. There is an entry in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) dated 29 January 1860 that records a payment of £3 11s. 4d. to Williams and Norgate. CD engaged this firm to send presentation copies of Origin abroad.
Agassiz 1848. The work is an alphabetical list of animal names with their first proposers, and forms the second part of the Nomenclator zoologicus (Agassiz 1842). CD’s copy of Agassiz 1848 is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
Probably Quatrefages de Bréau 1859. CD thanked Jean Louis Armand de Quatrefages de Bréau for presenting him with his work on the ‘maladies’ of silkworms in the letter to J. L. A. Quatrefages de Bréau, 30 March [1860]. Quatrefages de Bréau issued a second work with a similar title in 1860. Both books are in the Darwin Library–CUL and are inscribed by the author.
In CD’s Account book (Down House MS), there is a record of a payment on 10 March 1860 of £2 19s. 5d. made out to Williams and Norgate. The address CD gives is that of his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin.


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Quatrefages, Armand de. 1859. Études sur les maladies actuelles du ver à soie. Paris: Victor Masson.


Orders copy of book by Louis Agassiz [Nomenclatoris Zoologici Index Universalis (1846)].

Mentions book sent by Quatrefages de Bréau.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Williams & Norgate
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.194)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2666,” accessed on 18 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8