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DCP-LETT-1315

To Robert Fitch   [13? April 1850]1

Down Farnborough Kent

Saturday

My dear Sir

I send one line to say that I have got back some of your specimens safe & drawn, & taken all the others to Mr Sowerby.—2 I am ready to go to press,3 & therefore you may rely on it, I shall urge Mr Sowerby on in his Drawings, but he has one longish job in Hand.—4

Mr Sowerby, took the liberty, of clearing, a little bit of chalk away from your best specimen, which he ought not to have done, but he has improved the specimen.— In one corner of it, he has displayed a little Terebratula or Crania, which he says is a new species to him!—

I wish with all my heart that my M.S. was printed & done with, for I have become at last tired of the fossil species.—5

This obviously requires no answer.—

Yours sincerely | & | obliged | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
Dated by CD’s reference to having visited James de Carle Sowerby (see letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [13 April 1850]).
2
See letter to James de Carle Sowerby, [13 April 1850].
3
CD experienced protracted delays with the preparation of the plates for Fossil Cirripedia and did not actually go to press with his first volume for the Palaeontographical Society until early 1851.
4
Possibly a reference to CD’s foreign species of barnacles, which were given to James de Carle Sowerby (see letter to J. de C. Sowerby, 4 May [1850]).
5
CD ‘commenced systematic Sessilia’ on 28 April 1850, as recorded in his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).

Summary

Illustration of RF’s fossil cirripede specimens by J. de C. Sowerby.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1315
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Fitch, Robert
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Norwich Castle
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1315,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1315

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