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To David Thomas Ansted   25 November [1846]1

Down Farnborough Kent

Nov. 25th

My dear Ansted

Enclosed are a set proofs of the fossil shells in my American vol, which Mr. Horner wished to have to cut up, for his illustrated catalogue.—2 Also some specimens, as an advertisement, from Sowerby, which I have no means of disseminating, but which you perhaps will be so kind as to scatter abroad.3

I hope you are better.— I send copies of some papers which you once expressed a wish to have.4 | Ever yours | C. Darwin

P.S. | If you have the means wd you kindly add to the list of Mr Price’s work on the Invertebrata my Brother’s name5

E. Darwin Esq

7. Park St

Grosvenor Sqre


The year is established by the reference to South America, which was published in October 1846; see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Smith, Elder & Co., [19 October 1846]. CD was in London from 18 November for business at the Geological Society of London; see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 November 1846]. Ansted was assistant secretary at the Geological Society until January 1847 (ODNB).
CD refers to South America. Leonard Horner was preparing an illustrated copy of John Morris’s Catalogue of British fossils (Morris 1843) for visitors to the Geological Society’s collections (Woodward 1907, p. 159).
George Brettingham Sowerby drew the illustrations of fossil shells for South America.
The papers have not been identified.
Mr Price and his work on invertebrates have not been identified, although John Price, who had an interest in natural history, had been a friend since schooldays both of CD and of his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin.


Morris, John. 1843. A catalogue of British fossils: comprising all the genera and species hitherto described with references to their geological distribution and to the localities in which they have been found. London: John van Voorst.

Woodward, Horace B. 1907. The history of the Geological Society of London. London: Geological Society.


Encloses a set of proof sheets of the fossil shells in South America.

Also encloses some specimen sheets by G. B. Sowerby to disseminate as an advertisement.

Asks that E. A. Darwin’s name be added to the lists of subscribers to John Price’s work on the Invertebrata.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
David Thomas Ansted
Sent from
Source of text
Hans A. O. Baumann (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1032F,” accessed on 15 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)