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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Phillips1   [18 March 1839]2

My dear Sir

I send the Map, as you desired: it is, however, hardly clear enough to expose.—

Would it be possible for me to attend the lecture on Tuesday.—3 if you can admit me, for this one day, will you send me a line per 2d post, and inform me at what hour it will commence, although I am not certain I shall be able to come (even if you can admit me) as I have an engagement at one hour of the day.

Believe me | Most truly Yours | Chas. Darwin Monday Morning

12 Upper Gower St.


The addressee of the letter is identified from the location of the letter in the Phillips papers at Oxford.
Dated from the reference in the letter to the lecture delivered by Phillips on Tuesday, 19 March 1839.
In CD’s Notebook E: 122 there is the following entry: ‘March 20t h. Phillips in Lecture in Royal Institution says shells become less in number, ([backwards?] species or individuals) the deeper one goes— surely is this true?—most strange.—’


Notebook E. See De Beer 1960; De Beer and Rowlands 1961; De Beer, Rowlands, and Skramovsky 1967; Theoretical notebooks.


Will send JP a map as requested. Asks for a ticket to one of JP’s lectures.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Phillips
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 473,” accessed on 4 December 2021,

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