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Letter 7387f

Darwin, C. R. to Sclater, P. L.

5 Dec 1870


Is sending by this post three sheets and will send another tomorrow thus almost completing the part on birds. His congratulations and thanks for PLS’s labours with them.


Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Dec 5th 1870

My dear Mr Sclater,

I send by this post 3 sheets, & tomorrow I will send another. This, with theexception of about 34 of a sheet, completes the part on birds, & I sincerelycongratulate you and thank you for your labour will then be completed.f1Some of the sheets are terribly corrected, but they are chiefly parts in whichfew names are included. I am so tired with my work that I shall leave thisplace before post time on Thursday the 8th, & shall stay at “6 Queen AnneStreet” for a week.f2 I will call some early day to see you.

Yours very truly obliged | Ch. Darwin

Dr W. N. Livingstone (private collection)



Sclater had agreed to check lists of birds’ names in Descent forCD (see letter to P. L. Sclater, 4 November [1870]). The chapters on birds are in Descent 2:36–238. Sclater also checked the two chapters on mammals (Descent 2:239–315; see Descent 2: 238 n. 59).
CD stayed at his brother Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house in London from 8 to 14 December 1870 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
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