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From Francis Trevelyan Buckland   18 March 1865

37 Albany St | Regents Park

March 18 | 1865

My Dear Sir

Would you allow me to be bold enough to introduce to you my friend Mr Cholmondely Pennell, of the Admiralty with whose name you are probably acquainted.1 He is anxious to have a few minutes conversation with you on a litterary matter.2

Yours most truly | Frank Buckland

C Darwin Esq FRS | &c


Henry Cholmondeley Pennell was a second-class clerk in the Naval department of the Admiralty, Whitehall (British imperial calendar 1865). Buckland may have assumed that CD had read contributions Pennell made to the Athenæum and the Field, both periodicals with which CD was familiar (see Men and women of the time, s.v. H. C. Pennell); Pennell had also recently published The angler-naturalist: a popular history of British fresh-water fish, with a plain explanation of the rudiments of ichthyology (Pennell 1863).
Pennell had published poetry in addition to works on angling (Men and women of the time); in 1865 he was preparing a book on the pike (Pennell 1865).


Athenæum. 1844. A few words by way of comment on Miss Martineau’s statement. No. 896 (28 December): 1198–9.

British imperial calendar: The British imperial calendar or general register of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and its colonies. London: Winchester & Son [and others]. 1812–1919.

Men and women of the time: The men of the time in 1852 or sketches of living notables. 2d edition, 1853. 3d edition, 1856. 4th edition, 1857. New edition, 1865. 7th edition, 1868. 8th edition, 1872. 9th edition, 1875. 10th edition, 1879. 11th edition, 1884. 12th edition, 1887. 13th edition, 1891. 14th edition, 1895. Men and women of the time: a dictionary. 15th edition. By Victor G. Plarr. 1899. London: David Bogue [and others]. 1852–99.

Pennell, Henry Cholmondeley. 1863. The angler-naturalist: a popular history of British fresh-water fish, with a plain explanation of the rudiments of ichthyology. London: John Van Voorst.

Pennell, Henry Cholmondeley. 1865. The book of the pike; a practical treatise on the various methods of jack fishing. London: Robert Hardwicke.


Introduces Cholmondely Pennell of the Admiralty, who wants to speak to CD about a literary matter.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Trevelyan (Frank) Buckland
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albany St, 37
Source of text
DAR 160: 359
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4789,” accessed on 20 February 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13