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Darwin Correspondence Project


To A. A. Gould   21 July 1855

Down Farnborough Kent

July 21. /55

My dear Sir

In a note received a few days since from Sir C. Lyell he tells me that you have seen my last volume on Cirripedia,1 & think well of it. (which I assure you pleases me very much); but this leads me to ask whether I am mistaken in supposing that you are still one of the subscribers to the Ray Soc.y.—2 I have two copies left, & I well know that no one has a better right than yourself, to a copy,—a very small & poor return for all your kindness.—

I have retained these two copies in case I shd. hear of anyone working on Cirripedes: but if you are no longer a member of the Ray Soc.y. & would be so kind as to take the trouble to inform me, it would give me the greatest pleasure to send you a copy. If I do not hear I shall understand that you are still a member, & will no doubt in due time receive your copy. The volume was not distributed for some time after I sent out my presentation copies—

I hope that you will forgive my troubling you with this note; but I shd. dislike exceedingly to be thought ungrateful by you.—

Pray believe me | My dear Sir | With much respect | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


Living Cirripedia (1854).
See letter to A. A. Gould, 9 September [1854].


If AAG is no longer member of the Ray Society, CD would like to send copy of Living Cirripedia, vol. 2.

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Gould, A. A.
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Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 230)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1724,” accessed on 23 October 2016,