skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

From the Misses Horner   [17 March 1837 – 28 December 1838]

The Botanists present their best thanks to Mr Darwin for his kindness in advancing them in their pursuit by sending them a book with such interesting plates and which they intend to study with great attention.—

The learned Linguists feel also grateful for Mr Darwin’s generous assistance.— Ki te kahore hoki he mahi.1 Friday then 2 Bedford Place2


‘If you have nothing else to do’; literally, ‘If there is no (other) work’. The editors are grateful to Mr Peter McLean for this translation from the Maori Language.
The residence of Mr and Mrs Leonard Horner and their daughters. CD had known Horner in Edinburgh. The acquaintance was probably renewed through Charles Lyell, who had married Horner’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth, in 1832.


“The Botanists” and “The learned Linguists” give thanks for book and assistance.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 350,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

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