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To George Gulliver   27 December [1855]

Down Bromley Kent

Decr 27th

My dear Sir

I write one line to say that I have this morning received safely your most kind present of Hewson’s work.1 I have just looked at the Table, & am astounded at the number of the measurements.2

With very sincere thanks | yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin.


In his letter to Gulliver of 18 December [1855] (Correspondence vol. 5), CD had accepted Gulliver’s offer of The works of William Hewson (Gulliver ed. 1846). CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 378).
Gulliver had tabulated comparative measurements of red blood cells of various species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish for his edition of the works of the physiologist William Hewson (Gulliver ed. 1846, pp. 237–44). CD was interested in obtaining measurements of corpuscles of pigeons and dogs (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to George Gulliver, 18 December [1855]; see also Correspondence vol. 6, letter from George Gulliver, 20 January [1856]).


His thanks for the present [The works of William Hewson, edited by GG, 1846]. [See 1796.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Gulliver
Sent from
DE 28 1855
Source of text
Josh B. Rosenblum (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1801A,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)