To P. L. Sclater 4 November 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Sclater
I am going to beg a favour of you which will cost you little trouble proportionally to the great service it will be to me.— I have a most unfortunate weakness, though I strive against it, to copy proper names incorrectly. In my present book on sexual difference I have to give a host of names of Birds.2 Will you run your eye over the enclosed list & see that names are spelt rightly?— I enclose envelope addressed to save you as much trouble as possible.— You can return the list without a word; except indeed, if you will add that I may send another list for another one or two chapters.—3 I have checked all names occurring in books which I possess (except one or two just now mislaid) but I have not Jerdon or the Ibis from which many names are taken.4
I hope & think this will not cause you much trouble.
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Asks PLS whether he will look over list of names of birds [for Descent] to make sure they are spelled correctly. "I have a most unfortunate weakness … to copy proper names incorrectly".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7356,” accessed on 1 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7356