skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. de C. Sowerby   3 March [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

March 3d.

My dear Sir

I am much obliged by your note.— I have lost a good many days of late & now I do not think I shall have finished all the pedunculate fossil Cirripedia for 10 days or a fortnight, when I will bring them all up to you—some 15 or 16 or more species.—1

I promised the possessessors that I wd. myself take up & down—the specimens.

I will let you know when I will come up; & I will then come early in morning & examine the drawings made, & leave specimens & rough sketches of the others.

The Palæontl. Soc. has agreed to publish the fossil species, & if you so like, I will ask the Soc. to get you to engrave your own drawings.—

Please, if you can, do not forget to get for me a proof-plate of the Cirripedia in Dixon.2 & send it per post— I shd be very thankful for this.—

If I were but better in health, I wd. work quicker

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

I shall have the Loricula to be engraved.3

Pray lock up the specimens, as I am deeply pledged to their care


In the plates of Fossil Cirripedia (1851) there are figures of 45 species.
Loricula pulchella is figured in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): Tab. V.


Fossil Cirripedia (1851): A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ, or, pedunculated cirripedes of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1851.


Has lost a good many days and will need another fortnight to finish the pedunculate fossil cirripedes. The Palaeontographical Society will publish the fossil species. "If I was but better in health, I shd work quicker."

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James de Carle Sowerby
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1306,” accessed on 23 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4