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From Francis Darwin to Clarke Hawkshaw   [before 18 April 1878]1

Down | Beckenham

My dear Clark

I have been a shocking time in answering your note. My father read your notes on the limpet over yesterday & says the case is quite new to him & very interesting— He has a dim notion of having read accounts of their making pits to sit in—& he thinks there are specimens among the Cretaceous fossils at the Palaeontolog. Soc which might be worth looking at. He thinks your paper quite worth publishing somewhere.2 It is a good read. [The] Zoological or perhaps the Linnean would be the perfect place but I believe there is a great block on the publishing anything new [2 or 3 words illeg] I don't know whether it has been [2 words illeg] Zoological or the Geolog Soc? My Father says you should get careful drawings [several words illeg] [and going on to offer his own observations and those of a friend near Stevenage] a man name Pryor.3 Though not known to fame he is an admirable naturalist especially in such things as your limpet […]

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The date is established by the reference to Hawkshaw’s work on limpets; see n. 2, below.
Hawkshaw’s article ‘On the action of limpets (Patella) in sinking pits in and abrading the surface of the chalk at Dover’ (Hawkshaw 1878) was read before the Linnean Society on 18 April 1878.


Hawkshaw, John Clarke. 1878. On the action of limpets (Patella) in sinking pits in and abrading the surface of the chalk at Dover. [Read 18 April 1878.] Journal of the Linnean Society. Zoology. 14 (1877–9): 406–11.


FD reports that CD thinks CH’s observations on limpets worth publishing (Hawkshaw 1878).

Marlborough Robert Pryor of Weston Park, Stevenage, is an admirable naturalist, especially concerning limpets.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin
John Clarke (Clarke) Hawkshaw
Sent from
Source of text
Bonhams (dealers) (27 March 2019, lot 160)
Physical description
ALS 6pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11711F,” accessed on 23 July 2024,