Sent last sheet [of second part of Journal of researches] to printer yesterday. Will send half of MS for next part in four or five days.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I sent the last sheet back yesterday to the Printers. By putting 3
I shall send half of the M.S for the next Part in 4 or 5 days to the Printers.—
In this 3d Part, I have a rather long description of a very curious
lizard (Amblyrhynchus) of which Mr Lyell has a woodcut (No 229, p
395 Elements of Geology) & he desires me to say, that he is quite
willing to let me have the use of it, if you have no objection.
In this case would you be so good as to have it looked out & sent to
If the 12 copies, which you so very kindly give me are ready by Thursday
morning at 10. o clock wd you be so good as to send them to the
Athenæum Club, directed to me. If not ready by 10
oclock on Thursday, would you send them thus
Believe me | my dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
I really hope my Journal is greatly improved in this 2d Part.—
- f1 896.f1The Sunday before publication of the second number of Journal of researches 2d ed. on 2 August 1845 (Freeman 1977, p. 35).
- f2 896.f2Journal of researches 2d ed., p. 385. The woodcut was originally published in C. Lyell 1838, p. 395, accompanying an extract from the first edition of CD's Journal of researches. John Murray was the publisher of Charles Lyell's works as well as those of CD.
- f3 896.f3This is the woodcut of the size of the beaks of different species of Galápagos finches (Journal of researches 2d ed., p. 379) which illustrates CD's transmutationist speculation (p. 390) that, ‘Seeing this gradation and diversity of structure in one small, intimately related group of birds, one might really fancy that from the original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends.’ In CD's Account Book (Down House MS) he recorded on 5 August 1845 a payment of £1 2s for ‘J. Lee woodcuts Journal’.