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From J. D. Dana   23 May 1872

New Haven

May 23, 1872.

I have addressed to you a copy of my book on Corals and Coral Islands, and have commissioned my son, Edward S. Dana, to present himself along with it, and also to assure you of my unfailing esteem, and my admiration for your labors in behalf of Science.1 My son, having graduated at our University,2 goes to Europe to continue his studies in Science next autumn in Germany. In the meantime he looks forward to excursions during the summer in the Alps, as one means of benefiting his health, now somewhat impaired.

I was sorry that your sons did not visit New Haven when on this continent, and give me a chance to show my appreciation of their father.3


There is an annotated copy of Dana’s book on corals (Dana 1872) in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 179–80).
E. S. Dana graduated from Yale University in 1870; J. D. Dana was professor of geology and mineralogy there (DAB).
George Howard and Francis Darwin visited the United States in 1871 (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to Asa Gray, 16 July [1871]).


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

DAB: Dictionary of American biography. Under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 20 vols., index, and 10 supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; Simon & Schuster Macmillan. London: Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1928–95.

Dana, James Dwight. 1872. Corals and coral islands. New York: Dodd & Mead.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


JDD is sending a copy of his book, Corals and coral islands [1872], with his compliments.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Dwight Dana
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
New Haven
Source of text
Gilman 1899, p. 315

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8349,” accessed on 7 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20