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Letter 491

Darwin, C. R. to Prince, E. C.

21 Jan [1839]

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    Asks what generic and subgeneric name John Gould has given to the goatsuckers of the U. S. [for Birds].


Dear Sir

Will you have the kindness to inform me what generic or sub-generic name, Mr Gould has given to the Goat-Suckers of the United States.—

Mr Gould has left a blank for this name to be put in, in one of his M.S. pages.—

Will you send me an answer by the Bearer, or a line by the 2d post.—

I was very glad to see by the Newspapers that Mr Gould had arrived safely at Hobart Town.—

Yours truly | Chas. Darwin
12 Upper Gower Stt

Jan 21st

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    f1 491.f1
    John Gould's assistant (Gould 1848, 1: x).
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    f2 491.f2
    Dated from the reference to John Gould's arrival in Hobart, Tasmania. He left for Australia in the spring of 1838.
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    f3 491.f3
    No name is given in Birds. At the end of the section on goatsuckers (Caprimulgus bifasciatus, p. 37), CD quotes John Gould as saying, ‘I am quite undecided to which of the sub-genera this and the following species should belong, I leave them for the present in the restricted genus, Caprimulgus, although I certainly perceive in it many points of affinity to the group which inhabits the United States of North America.’
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