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To Samuel Pickworth Woodward1   3 March [1851]

Down. Farnborough Kent

March 3d.

My dear Sir

I fear that your patience will have been exhausted, but at last I am happy to say that I have finished & printed my monograph on the fossil pedunculated Cirripedes & am enabled to return you your specimens. I thank you very sincerely for their loan; they have been most useful to me.— Be careful in unpacking the boxes, that you do not lose the valves, now loose, in the cotton. All, except a few not characteristic valves, are named. The Aptychus (?)2 reached me in the broken condition in which it is now returned, I am sorry to say. No other specimens were at all injured.—

With my repeated thanks. Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The recipient is identified from an earlier letter that indicates that CD corresponded with Woodward about Aptychus. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to S. P. Woodward, 21 March [1850].
For CD’s discussion of Aptychus and his reasons for not including the genus among the pedunculated cirripedes, as had Alcide Charles Victor Dessalines d’Orbigny in Orbigny 1849–52, 1: 254, see Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 3–5.


Cirripede fossil specimens returned.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel Pickworth Woodward
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American Philosophical Society (B/D25.349)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1392,” accessed on 26 March 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5