Asks what generic and subgeneric name John Gould has given to the goatsuckers of the U. S. [for Birds].
Will you have the kindness to inform me what generic or sub-generic name,
Will you send me an answer by the Bearer, or a line by the 2
I was very glad to see by the Newspapers that M
Yours truly | Chas. Darwin
12 Upper Gower St
- f1 491.f1John Gould's assistant (Gould 1848, 1: x).
- f2 491.f2Dated from the reference to John Gould's arrival in Hobart, Tasmania. He left for Australia in the spring of 1838.
- f3 491.f3No 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.’