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To J. S. Bowerbank, Ray Society1   28 September [1851]

Down Farnborough | Kent

Sept. 28th.—

My dear Sir

I hear from Mr. Sowerby that the 10 Plates for my volume are ready for Printing off,2 & he would be much obliged for the order to this end.

He has had a Fire & suffered some little loss, & would therefore be grateful if in your power to pass his account for £23 ’ s 10 pretty soon, & let him have the cash.

I wrote sometime since about my not having had some Publications of the Ray Soc. which I fancy are published, but perhaps I am mistaken.—

I am now correcting the 200th page of my Volume.—

My dear Sir | Your’s very faithfuly | C. Darwin

PS. | Upon reflexion, I think I had better advance, under the circumstances, the money to Sowerby, & then he can hand over to me, your cheque whenever paid to him—3


Bowerbank was treasurer of the Ray Society as well as being the secretary of the Palaeontographical Society.
The ten plates for Living Cirripedia (1851) to be published by the Ray Society.
CD’s Account book (Down House MS) has an entry for 1 October 1851: ‘Loaned to Sowerby. Ray Soc. Bills— [£]23 10[s]’. The minutes of the Ray Society show that sum paid to Sowerby on 6 October (Ray Society minutes, British Museum (Natural History)).


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.


G. B. Sowerby’s plates [for Living Cirripedia] are ready for the printer.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Scott Bowerbank
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1455,” accessed on 23 June 2024,

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