Informs LJ that Yarrell has recommended B. W. Hawkins to do the plates [for Fish]. Discusses arrangements to be made, number of plates, etc. Answers LJ's questions about several specimens.
12 Upper Gower St
You must be surprised at not having heard from me before, but owing to a succession of headachs I have been prevented until to day seeing Yarrell.— I think he has hit upon the right artist, namely W. Hawkins, who engraved the fish for Richardsons volume— I have written to him to call on me to talk over terms, &c. Richardson's plates are done on Zinc, but it seems now generally considered that stone is preferable; I shall hold further consultations & let you know the result.— I am delighted to hear that you are so forward; & although you are pleased to say there will be some mistakes in your part, I only wish with all my heart the other parts may turn out half so secure.— I have a few questions which I wish to ask; you speak of “two sheets or pp. 32 as being synonymous, whereas the latter is double of the former. I presume the latter is the accurate number If your MS. is bulky, we can put some part in small type— the size of the number you propose strikes me as small but of such points we can hereafter settle.
You say there are about 37 new species of Acanth. & according to this proportion there would be about 21 in the other orders. Now do you think it very desirable that all these should be engraved? I find money has gone rather quicker than I anticipated. I must therefore be a little stingy, although, as I am fully convinced, as before said, that your part will be most valuable, you may rely on it, I have no wish to carry my stinginess to any great extent.—
You guess there will be 6 or 7 number each with 5 or
6 plates, giving about 36 plates, &
therefore I presume you imagine about every other plate will contain two
fishes.— I ask these questions, which I know you cannot answer, except most
vaguely, that I may be able to come to some definite terms with the artist.—
Will you also tell me to how great a degree you would like the artist to come &
lodge at Cambridge.— Richardson formerly had him in same manner at
I will now answer your questions as far as lies in my power.— (1) I can offer
no opinion on probable identity of fish in Rio-Negro & S. Cruz as I
know nothing of ranges of fish, but there is a great space on Patagonian coast
without any rivers.— 2. I found the fish (947) at Santa Cruz high up lying
dead on the bank, & I also found the little fish 952 numerous in
streamlets entering the river high up.— I presume these are different. 3. I
know no such isl
Ever Yours | Chas. Darwin
P.S. Will you write pretty soon
- f1 538.f1Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.
- f2 538.f2Richardson 1829–37, Part 3. The first leaf of CD's copy at CUL has: ‘To Charles Darwin Esq
r with D rRichardson's kind regards— Aug. 14. 1837.’ The volume is not annotated. The first two volumes have CD's page reference notes pinned in the back.
- f3 538.f3All but two of the plates in Zoology were lithographs.
- f4 538.f4The final number of Acanthopterygii species described was 82, of which 41 were new. In the other four orders, 34 new species were identified out of a total of 55 species described (Fish, pp. vi–vii).
- f5 538.f5Fish was completed, in four numbers, in April 1842, with a total of 29 plates.
- f6 538.f6Swaffham Bulbeck, Jenyns' parish near Newmarket.
- f7 538.f7Goree is an island off the coast of Senegal, West Africa (see letter to Leonard Jenyns, 17 October ).