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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Anderson   23 December [1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 23d

Dear Sir

I have just heard from Prof. Asa Gray that you have had the extreme kindness to bring over for me a box with live plants for experiment.2 I thank you sincerely.— Will you have the goodness to send the box per Rail addressed

“Ch. Darwin Esqe

“care of Down Postman”



Dear Sir, Yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship to the letter from Asa Gray, 9 December 1862 (see n. 2, below).
See letter from Asa Gray, 9 December 1862. Anderson was captain of the Cunard trans-Atlantic steamer Africa.


Has heard from Asa Gray [see 3850] that JA is bringing live plants over for CD. Gives address for forwarding box to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Anderson
Sent from
Source of text
Autographia (dealers) San Rafael, California
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3874A,” accessed on 3 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10