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Darwin Correspondence Project

To a bookseller   9 April [1860]

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 9th

Dear Sir

Please procure & send me by Post, Mr Pat. Matthew’s work on “Naval Timber & Arboriculture” 1831. Adam Black Edinburgh & Longman London.—1

Dear Sir, | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin


CD had become aware of Patrick Matthew’s book (Matthew 1831) after Matthew published a letter in the Gardeners’ Chronicle, 7 April 1860, pp. 312–13, in which he claimed to have published a principle of natural selection before the publication of Origin. See Correspondence vol. 8 and Dempster 1996. There is an annotated copy of Matthew 1831 in the Darwin Library–CUL (see marginalia 1: 571).


Orders a copy of Matthew 1831 from a bookseller.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2753F,” accessed on 20 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)