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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-7403

To P. L. Sclater   29 December [1870]

Down. | Beckenham. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 29th

My dear Mr Sclater

I am infinitely obliged for all your corrections, but it is a horrid shame to spoil even an hour of your holidays, for holidays must, I am sure, be rare with you.—1

I had some misgivings about the Moschidæ.—2

It is rather a bad job about the woodcut. It wd. drive Murray mad, if I proposed to delay for a new woodcut, though it is very kind in you to propose to help me in this manner.—

I will append, beneath the cut, as follows, in parenthesis

(I find that this drawing represents the head of a female, but it serves to show on a reduced scale the characters, of the male.)3

If I do not hear from you, I will assume that this parenthesis is correct & will insert it— I was at the time rather surprised that the tusks were not larger, but supposed the drawing was of rather young male. One & 12 or 34 sheets will I believe complete your labours.—

Yours most heartily obliged | Ch. Darwin

I will send next sheets, when received, to Hanover Sqe, marked “to be forwarded”.—4

What a rich & capital volume the last in your Proceedings—5

Footnotes

1
See letters to P. L. Sclater, 5 December 1870 and n. 1, and 26 December [1870]. Sclater presumably made his corrections directly on the proof-sheets of Descent.
2
Moschidae is the family of musk deer. CD mentioned Moschus moschiferus in Descent 2: 280.
3
CD refers to his publisher, John Murray, and to the woodcut of the head of an Ethiopian warthog (Descent 2: 265 fig. 65). The text in parentheses was inserted as CD suggested.
4
The headquarters of the Zoological Society of London were in Hanover Square.
5
CD refers to the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7403
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Sclater, P. L.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Zoological Society of London
Physical description
4pp

Summary

CD is obliged for PLS’s correction [of Descent proofs]. Will add a caption to the woodcut [of the wart-hog] since it is too late to make a new one.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7403,” accessed on 5 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7403

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