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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Davidson   7 April 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [16 Montague Street, London]

Ap. 7 1873

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your kind invitation, & for the catalogue of your wonderful collection of Cretacean Fossils.1 There are few things that I should enjoy more than seeing the Brighton Aquarium & accepting your invitation; but I have found by repeated experience that I cannot visit any where.

Your instance of inheritance is very curious & I am fully prepared to entirely accept it.

My dear Sir | yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin


Davidson’s letter and catalogue have not been found. Davidson published a monograph on British fossil Brachiopoda (Davidson 1851–86), the first volume of which included the Cretaceous species. Davidson’s collections were bequeathed to the British Museum (Natural History).


Davidson, Thomas. 1851–86. British fossil Brachiopoda. 6 vols. London: Palæontographical Society.


Thanks TWStCD for catalogue of his Cretacean fossils.

Regrets he cannot visit Brighton.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Davidson
Sent from
London, Montague St, 16 Down letterhead
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.426)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8845,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21