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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Louis Agassiz   1 March [1841]

12 Upper Gower St | London


I take the liberty of sending you a copy of my Journal, published some time since.— I have lately enjoyed the pleasure of reading your work on Glaciers,1 which has filled me with admiration. As I have briefly treated of the boulders of S. America in the accompanying volume I thought you possibly might like to posses a copy; and sending it you, is the only means I have of expressing the regret I feel at the manner in which I have alluded to (although probably the fact is unknown and quite indifferent to you) your most valuable labours on the action of Glaciers.2 I trust you will excuse the liberty I now take simply for my own satisfaction, and I beg to remain with feelings of much respect.

Sir | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin

March 1st.—


L. Agassiz 1840.
CD had sharply criticised a number of Agassiz’s papers on glaciers in the Addenda to Journal of researches, pp. 617–18.


Has enjoyed reading LA’s book [Études sur les glaciers (1840)].

Hopes LA will pardon manner in which CD has alluded to his work on glaciers in his Journal of researches, of which he sends a copy.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Jean Louis Rodolphe (Louis) Agassiz
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 593,” accessed on 19 August 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2