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From R. F. Cooke   7 February 1874

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

Feby 7 1874

My dear Sir

We want to find the original woodcuts to the “Voyage of a Naturalist” for the sake of taking Electros for M Reinwald & we cannot do so, with the exception of 4 cuts which we find here.1

There are 14 in all.

It occurs to us, that perhaps they have been used in some of your more recent works, may I ask if you can assist us.

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

I think the 1st. Election at the Atheneum is Monday 16th.2


Cooke refers to Journal of researches 2d ed., which had the spine title ‘Naturalist’s voyage’. The French translation by Edmond Barbier was published by Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald (Barbier trans. 1875). See also letter from C.-F. Reinwald, 4 February 1874.
CD had probably asked Cooke to support the election of his nephew Henry Parker to the Athenaeum Club (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 10 April [1874]). In 1871, John Murray had asked CD to support Cooke’s own election (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter from John Murray, 20 February [1871]).


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

Journal of researches 2d ed.: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845.


Asks CD’s help in finding original woodcuts for "Voyage of a naturalist" [Journal of researches] for Reinwald.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 438
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9271,” accessed on 22 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22