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Letter 1579A

Darwin, C. R. to Stutchbury, Samuel, Mrs

22 Aug 1854

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    Arranges to return a collection of cirripedes which belongs to her husband [Samuel Stutchbury].


Down | Farnborough | Kent

Aug. 22d 1854


I have at last finished with the valuable collection of Cirripedes, which Mr.  Stutchbury so generously placed at my disposal, & I wish to return them.— I shd. be very much obliged if you would kindly inform me, as soon as you can, how I shall direct the Boxes, which are large.— I will inform you when they are sent off, & intend for safety sending them to the Gt. Western Station in my carriage.— I think that the best plan will be for me not to pay their carriage (for I could not thus pay for porterage) but request you to be so good as to inform me what the carriage comes to, & pay by GP.O. order. The Boxes (I do not yet know whether 2 or 3 will be required) will contain the drawers of a Cabinet, & loose specimens. I shall be able to add a few species to the collection. As soon as my second volume is completed a copy shall, of course, be sent to Mr. Stutchbury, to whom I shall ever feel grateful for the kindness & confidence with which he has treated me.— Madam | Your obliged & obed sert | Charles Darwin

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    f1 1579a.f1
    Samuel Stutchbury, curator of the Bristol Philosophical and Literary Institution, had formed a large collection of Cirripedia, which he lent to CD for use in the preparation of his cirripede monographs (Living Cirripedia (1851): vi). Stutchbury was at the time in Australia, where he was employed by the Australian Geological Survey (Matthews 1982, p. 264).
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    f2 1579a.f2
    Living Cirripedia (1854) was distributed in September 1854 (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to T. H. Huxley, 2 September [1854]). CD sent Stutchbury presentation copies of both volumes (see Matthews 1982, p. 261).
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