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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Merle Norman   29 July [1869]1

Down Beckenham | Kent

July 29

Dear Sir

I hope that you will excuse the liberty which I take in begging a favour of you. Prof. Haeckel is carefully studying calcareous sponges & is very anxious for British specimens.2

Mr. Hancock informs me that you are the most likely person to possess, & to feel inclined to give under these circumstances, some specimens.3

If this is in your power I shd be grateful if you wd send me any, however few, specimens addressed to

“C. Darwin Esqre

care of Down Postman

Bromley Kent.”

With apologies for troubling you I remain dear Sir | yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Albany Hancock, 25 July 1869.


Asks whether AMN has any specimens of British calcareous sponges that CD could forward to Haeckel, who is studying them.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Merle Norman
Sent from
Caerdeon Down letterhead
Source of text
University of Chicago Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6845,” accessed on 11 December 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17