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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Smith, Elder, and Company   29 June [1843]

Down. | Bromley | Kent

June 29th

Dear Sir

Would you so far oblige me as to inform me, whether you have the means to send (at the expence of not more than a few shillings) two quarto pamphlets to a Professor at Massachussetts in the United States— I am anxious to send to him two Papers of mine & have no notion how to effect it.1

Excuse me troubling you & believe me Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


Neither the papers referred to nor their intended recipient have been identified, although it is possible that CD wished to send copies of his geological papers to Louis Agassiz, professor of natural history at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At this time, CD did not know Asa Gray, professor of botany at Harvard.


Requests information as to means of sending two pamphlets to a professor in the United States.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Smith, Elder & Co
Sent from
JY 1 1843
Source of text
Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (1990)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 677A,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7 (Supplement)