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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   14 December [1862?]1

Dec 14

There is a mysterious box come for you, marked Glass but with a kind of gridiron lid as if it had something alive inside—size a thin quarto.2 I have no doubt you have received Prices circulars but I enclose one. I quite forget his address which I shall be obliged for3



The year is conjectured from the reference to a package delivered to Erasmus’s house and from the reference to the circulars for Price 1863–4 (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
The reference is probably to the piece of ‘partially completed artificial comb’ that CD had directed Thomas White Woodbury to send to his brother Erasmus’s address (see letter to T. W. Woodbury, 7 December [1862] and n. 5).
The reference is probably to John Price, who had been a contemporary of Erasmus’s and CD’s at Shrewsbury School. Price’s twelve-part miscellaneous work, Old Price’s remains (Price 1863–4), was published between April 1863 and March 1864; CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. Price lived at 38 Watergate Street, Chester (Price 1863–4; see also CD’s Address book (Down House MS)).


Price, John. 1863–4. Old Price’s remains; præhumous, or during life. 12 pts. London: Virtue, Brothers & Co.


Describes a box which has come for CD.

Asks for John Price’s address.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 105 (ser. 2): 12
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3859,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10