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DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). Naturalist.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent (a publisher, almost certainly Williams and Norgate), 1 page 8vo (laid down on an album leaf, Bassett, Southampton, 26 January no year. Asking him to send a copy to him at Down specifically marked not to be forwarded ('for I shall not return home for a week's time').
The letter has a single vertical pen-stroke presumably applied by the recipients as a form of acknowledgement that the instructions had been noted. This is typical of Williams and Norgate.
Bassett was the home of Darwin's son William, who was employed by the Southampton Bank. Charles and Emma spent several holidays with him and with his American wife, Sara Sedgwick.
The present letter does not appear to be recorded in the The Online Calendar of the Darwin Correspondence, and is apparently previously unknown.
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