Explains that fossil cirripede specimens have not been returned because J. de C. Sowerby has been monstrously delayed with the engravings. Members of Palaeontographical Society have urged Sowerby to complete task.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
Far from thinking your note & question unreasonable, I have marvelled at your
goodnature, I should say kindness, in not having written long ago to demand why your
specimens have been kept so long.— I pledge you my honour that it has not been
directly or indirectly anyways my fault.— I have done all in my power to urge
When I last wrote to you, I had thought, that er'e this time I
Pray believe me that I have been truly grieved at all this delay & allow me to trespass a little longer on your kindness.
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1366.f1See letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [13 April 1850], n. 2.