To David Thomas Ansted, assistant secretary, Geological Society of London1 [c. January 1845]2
Down nr Bromley | Kent
My dear Sir
I have written to Mr Lonsdale3 about the descriptive catalogue of Fuegian specimens.—
Mr. Lonsdale says he remembers well the large boxes being exposed, & that they were taken below in the crpt, & are labelled outside either “Tierra del Fuego” or “Patagonia” or “S. America” presented by either “Capt. King” or “Capt. FitzRoy”. He thinks probably that the Catalogues are inside one of these boxes & on the top of the specimens.
Would you be so kind as to direct Charlton4 to search for these boxes, which are large & heavy, for I well remember them.— Mr. Lonsdale says that if not there, the catalogue is probably in some table-drawer or cupboard in the upper museum.— & if not there, must be together with several other catalogues, belonging to the specimens in the upper museum.—
As it could not take long to have these places searched, would you oblige me by having this done by Wednesday.—5 If I cannot consult the catalogue soon, it will be useless to me.—6
I hope you have finished the labour of the first number of the Journal; I shall be exceedingly anxious to see it, & hope I may able to get one at the Society.
Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin
Asks about Fuegian specimens stored at the Geological Society. CD needs them soon.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Ansted, D. T.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Smithsonian Institution (Archives, George P. Merrill photograph collection, R. U. 7177)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 811,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-811