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To J. de C. Sowerby   4 May [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

May 4th

The Pal. Soc. have just settled not to give me more than I Plate full of foreign species,1 & therefore, until I see how many will pack in one Plate, I shd be glad if you would not draw Pollicipes Hausmanni, P. carinatus & P. elongatus & perhaps not even P. validus.—2

I am very anxious to get on.—

Will you kindly send me one line to say exactly what progress you have made: I have some few more specimens to bring up.

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The minutes of the Palaeontographical Society for 26 April 1850 record: ‘Money granted, up to the maximum of the cost of one extra plate, so that foreign specimens may be illustrated by Darwin’ (Palaeontographical Society Minute Book, British Museum (Natural History)). The society was primarily interested in publishing species of British fossils.
All the species mentioned are figured in Fossil Cirripedia.


The Palaeontographical Society will give him only one plate for foreign species. Work should stop until he knows how many will fit in. He must know what progress has been made.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James de Carle Sowerby
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1324,” accessed on 27 February 2024,

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