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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   30 January 1871

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Jan 30 1871

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for yr corrections. The omission at p. 128 was a stupid one; please to add—“Proceedings of Royal Society.”1

I am perplexed about the name Hyrtl; I have referred to your Bibliotheca Zoo: & I find the name thus spelt. Perhaps there is a Hyrt as well as a Hyrtl.2 Be so kind as to inform me on this head.

There are some other errata, & as soon as I can get a proof of the errata I will send you a copy—

At p. 327. please to omit, (10 lines from bottom) the words “or Annulosa”; though I find authors differ so much in their classification that I hardly know what term is the most correct—3

I have now sent you sheets as far as p. 160 of vol 2—& I hope, in about a fortnight, to send you the remainder.

My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter from J. V. Carus, 26 January 1871 and n. 1.
See letter from J. V. Carus, 26 January 1871 and n. 2. The reference is to Josef Hyrtl. CD misunderstood Carus’s correction; in Descent 1: 20 n. 23, the name was printed as ‘Hyrt’. CD also refers to Carus and Engelmann 1861; there is a lightly annotated copy in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 160).
In Descent 1: 327, first printing, there is a subheading, ‘Sub-kingdom of the Vermes or Annulosa: Class, Annelida (or Sea-worms)’; in the second printing, the words ‘or Annulosa’ are omitted. Annelida is now a phylum which includes all segmented worms and leeches in the animal kingdom. On Victorian classification of this group, see Natural History Review 5 (1865): 323–51, especially p. 330, where the anonymous author writes, ‘We find modern German naturalists ignoring the old sub-kingdom Annulosa, and substituting in its stead three sub-kingdoms—Arthropoda, Vermes, and Echinodermata.’


Thanks JVC for his corrections. Will send other errata. Hopes to send remainder of vol. 2 [of Descent] in a fortnight.

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Darwin, C. R.
Carus, J. V.
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Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859 Darwin, Charles, Bl. 21/22
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7465,” accessed on 1 March 2017,