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Letter 1875

Darwin, C. R. to Woodward, S. P.

15 May [1856]

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    Thanks for Supplement to SPW's Manual of the Mollusca [1851–6]. Praises SPW's work. "What an amount of labour is condensed in your little volume! … I fully believe & hope that you will reap the only reward worth having, the consciousness that you have done good service to the cause of Science."

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15 May

[Returning thanks for the Supplement to his correspondent's Manual of the Mollusca, eloquently praising the book and Woodward's labours in the cause of science]

‘What an amount of labour is condensed in your little volume! & how marvellously cheap.— I fully believe & hope that you will reap the only reward worth having, the consciousness that you have done good service to the cause of Science.’

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    f1 1875.f1
    The date as given in Sotheby's catalogue. It is corroborated by the publication date of part three of Woodward 1851–6 (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 1875.f2
    The third part of Woodward's Manual of the Mollusca (Woodward 1851–6), entitled ‘Supplement to the rudimentary treatise on recent fossil shells’, was published in May 1856 (Publishers' Circular, 2 June 1856, p. 227). A copy of the entire work is in the Darwin Library–CUL. The third part, covering the geographical distribution of shells, is heavily annotated.
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