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From John Gould   [13 April] 1838

My Dear Sir/

I received with much pleasure the token of your friendship wh you have sent me this morning in the way of dram-Bottle and shall treasure it up untill I reach the wilds of the beautiful country I anticipate much pleasure in exploring.1 Your Gift will there daily remind me of your friendship and the many pleasures we have shared in our favourite persuits

[G] Nat history,2 etc, will—also—be of be interest to me as an evidence that our intercourse has been productive of none but the most [ amicable] feelings, that your [two words illeg] [ eyes the blessing of friends] [illeg] Ever yr J. G. To C. Darwin Esq

Good Friday 1838


Gould left for Australia on 16 May 1838. The dram bottle was actually a silver-cased compass, now in the possession of a descendant; it was inscribed by CD to John Gould and dated 1838.
Gould is probably referring to Zoology; he had undertaken to provide descriptions for Birds.


Birds: Pt 3 of The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. By John Gould. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1839–41.

Zoology: The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. 5 pts. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1838–43.


Thanks CD for his present of a dram bottle [actually a silver-cased compass]. JG will be reminded daily of their friendship when he is in the wilds [of Australia].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Gould
Charles Robert Darwin
Source of text
Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Tring Museum Correspondence)
Physical description
Draft 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 409A,” accessed on 26 June 2022,

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