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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. G. Ehrenberg   23 January [1845]

Down near Bromley | Kent

Jan 23d.

Sir

Would you be so good, if convenient, to return to me, by Dr J. Hooker, who will be at Berlin in a fortnight, the short sketch, which I sent you, of the facts regarding the Atlantic dust, & which I thought, perhaps, worth inserting in some English Journal: if you have examined the other specimens of dust, would you be so good as to inform me, that I might refer to your descriptions in this sketch.1

Amongst the little packets, which I sent you, there were some of the earth of the Pampas, in which so many extinct mammifers are embedded, should you feel any interest on this subject, I should feel particularly thankful to hear the result of your examination. Should the subject not interest you, I should be sorry to think even of asking you to waste any of your time on it. There are, also, specimens of a singular white bed, (I now believe of a very fine tufaceous nature) which extends for hundreds of miles on the Patagonian coast, about which I am curious.

I beg to apologise for having thus troubled you, but might I further request you, should you see Dr. Dieffenbach, kindly to take the trouble to ask him, to return me my copper-plate, woodcuts, & M.S. corrections for his German edition of my Journal, which I cannot get him to return to me, though I shall be thus put to considerable loss of time & money, in preparing a second English Edition.—2

Believe me dear Sir | With great respect | Your’s faithfully & obliged | C. Darwin To | Professor C. Ehrenberg | &c &c &c

Summary

Would like sketch returned [see 775].

Would be particularly thankful for result of CGE’s observations on earth of Pampas.

Asks that Ernst Dieffenbach return copperplate and woodcuts.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-819
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN/HBSB, N005 NL Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg Nr. 43)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 819,” accessed on 15 September 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-819.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3

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