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To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   5 December [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

Dec. 5th.

My dear Sir

I am much obliged by your note. I will confine myself to the 8 Plates, of which two only shall be coloured.—1 It seems that I have misexpressed myself to make you suppose that Mr Sowerby had made for me any “engraved Plates”; what he has made are some drawings, which would give you a correct idea of the engravings when made.—

I shall be much obliged for the skeleton Plates, & the drawings (if you have these) to be returned to me as soon as convenient to yourself.—

I shd. be particularly obliged if you would inform me, at what period of 1851, my Part will appear;2 pray do not suppose that I shall cause delay, but I want to know as I think it will be more convenient to me not to set to work at the 8 Plates, till I have got through the press the fossil Part, which the Palæontographical Soc. is going to publish. If you will tell me exactly what you wish, I shd be obliged; & allow me to assure you that I am not dilatory, though my health allows me to work but for a very short time daily.

Your’s sincerely, | C. Darwin.


See letter to Edwin Lankester, 27 October [1850], n. 1.
The first volume of Living Cirripedia (1851) was published as number twenty-one of the Ray Society’s publications for 1851, although it did not actually appear until 1852.


Living Cirripedia (1851): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Lepadidæ; or, pedunculated cirripedes. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851.


Discusses illustrations [for Living Cirripedia 1 (1851)]. Mentions drawings by G. B. Sowerby [Jr].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Edwin Lankester; Ray Society
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.98)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1374,” accessed on 17 October 2021,

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