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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   22 July [1851]

Down Farnborough Kent

July 22d

My dear Sir

Many thanks for your note: do not trouble yourself to answer my second one.— As I shall bring up M.S. last day of this month, & as you will keep it a week & proofs never come thick for another week, I shall gain the time wanted for a bit of Anatomy—

I will see that you soon receive Proofs of the 8 Plates now engraved, but not finished off.— I have entirely failed in getting materials for the one coloured Plate which I wished for, so none will be coloured.1 There will be 10 Plates altogether & hereafter I will address you for Council to settle whether I must pay for the extra one or not— The non-colouring will, I hope, save much expence.—

Mr Sowerby comes here tomorrow to complete the drawings for the two Plates not yet engraved.—

Your’s very truly | C. Darwin

Many thanks about Woodcuts.—


The original plan for the volume envisaged two coloured plates. This was later reduced to one coloured plate in exchange for an additional non-coloured one. Finally, the difficulty of obtaining the fresh specimens required for the coloured plate before the volume went to press made it necessary to omit printing it in colour (see letter to Edwin Lankester, Ray Society, 30 July [1851]).


Will bring MS [of vol. 1 of Living Cirripedia] on the last day of July, and proofs of the eight plates now engraved will be sent soon. CD has failed to get materials for the one coloured plate he wanted, so none will be in colour. There will be ten altogether. He will ask later whether he must pay for the extra one. G. B. Sowerby Jr comes next day to complete drawings for two not yet engraved.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edwin Lankester; Ray Society
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1444,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5