Asks PLS whether he will look over list of names of birds [for Descent] to make sure they are spelled correctly. “I have a most unfortunate weakness … to copy proper names incorrectly”.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Sclater
I am going to beg a favour of you which will cost you little troubleproportionally to the great service it will be to me.— I have amost unfortunate weakness, though I strive against it, to copy propernames incorrectly. In my present book on sexual difference I have togive a host of names of Birds.f2 Will you run your eye over the enclosedlist & see that names are spelt rightly?— I enclose envelope addressedto save you as much trouble as possible.— You can return the listwithout a word; except indeed, if you will add that I may sendanother list for another one or two chapters.—f3 I have checked allnames occurring in books which I possess (except one or two just nowmislaid) but I have not Jerdon or the Ibis from which many names are taken.f4
I hope & think this will not cause you much trouble.
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin