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To Albert Günther   28 January [1877]1

Down| Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Jan 28. 76

My dear Dr Günther,

I have signed the enclosed certificates with the greatest pleasure.2

If you think it worth while to send me the numbers of any labels which are still attached, I can give the habitat with certainty.3 In some few cases I recorded the colours, & more especially the habits of the species.

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letters to Albert Günther, 25 February [1877] and 3 March 1877; 1876 was evidently written in error.
CD signed Günther’s certificate of recommendation for fellowship of the Linnean Society; Günther was elected on 1 March 1877 (Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London (1876–77): xvi).
Günther had evidently enquired about spider specimens that CD deposited at the British Museum after the Beagle voyage. Günther made notes on the back of this letter for his reply: ‘tube with spider. No. 2 | — — — No. 235 tin label | — — — No. 1442 " " ’. His reply has not been found, but see the letter to Albert Günther, 3 March 1877.


Has signed certificates.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Sent from
Source of text
Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF ZOO/200/11/113)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10372,” accessed on 24 September 2021,