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To Robert Fitch   [13? April 1850]1

Down Farnborough Kent


My dear Sir

I send one line to say that I have got back some of your specimens safe & drawn, & taken all the others to Mr. Sowerby.—2 I am ready to go to press,3 & therefore you may rely on it, I shall urge Mr Sowerby on in his Drawings, but he has one longish job in Hand.—4

Mr Sowerby, took the liberty, of clearing, a little bit of chalk away from your best specimen, which he ought not to have done, but he has improved the specimen.— In one corner of it, he has displayed a little Terebratula or Crania, which he says is a new species to him!—

I wish with all my heart that my M.S. was printed & done with, for I have become at last tired of the fossil species.—5

This obviously requires no answer.—

Yours sincerely | & | obliged | C. Darwin


Dated by CD’s reference to having visited James de Carle Sowerby (see letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [13 April 1850]).
See letter to James de Carle Sowerby, [13 April 1850].
CD experienced protracted delays with the preparation of the plates for Fossil Cirripedia and did not actually go to press with his first volume for the Palaeontographical Society until early 1851.
Possibly a reference to CD’s foreign species of barnacles, which were given to James de Carle Sowerby (see letter to J. de C. Sowerby, 4 May [1850]).
CD ‘commenced systematic Sessilia’ on 28 April 1850, as recorded in his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Illustration of RF’s fossil cirripede specimens by J. de C. Sowerby.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Fitch
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Norwich Castle
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1315,” accessed on 1 December 2021,

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