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Letter 1343

Darwin, C. R. to Sowerby, J. C.

8 Jul [1850]

Summary

Has received plates. Gives instructions for scale and arrangement of engravings.

Transcription

Down Farnborough Kent

July 8th

My dear Sir

I am heartily glad to get the arranged Plates, & I trust now you willmake some good progress.— I like the arrangement much: do notreduce the figures of any of the species too much for the sake ofcrowding them together, but of course I do not wish to cause uselessexpense for the Society.—⟨    ⟩

I think it wd. certainly be better to have, (if convenient) all ofS. maximus on one Plate. Please observe I mean now provisionally totreat S. maximus var lineatum, as a distinct species, & it must befigured with that [ … ] (scutum) lately sent to you by Post, butwhich you do not acknowledge. This S. lineatum had better go near toS. hastatum.⟨    ⟩

I am particularly glad that you have introduced all the foreignspecies.—

NB.

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Please to get me drawings for (3) Woodcuts done first astheir cutting will otherwise delay my going to Press with the firstsheets: when done please send them here by Post with my roughdrawings.—

I thank you much for your progress, & do pray advance as quickly asyou can: I shall be most anxious to see first Proof Plate.—

Your’s sincerely, | C. Darwin

Sotheby’s, New York (17 June 2010)

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