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To William Shoberl1   2 August [1837]

Dear Sir

I should be much obliged if you would take the trouble to write to your friend, and ask him if he would excuse my capriciousness & continue to make the alterations in ink;2 for they are so few & so good, that it is a mere loss of time of my part to go over them with ink.—

Perhaps it would be better if he thinks a whole sentence or a few lines are better left out, to use the pencil, as it catches my eye, sooner, and there are some remarks, which I should be sorry to be omitted & the meaning of which possibly would not be perceived excepting by a Naturalist.

If you forwarded this note, it would save you the trouble of writing.—

Truly yours.— | Chas. Darwin August 2d.

I saw Capt FitzRoy, who agrees with the propriety of beginning to print at once.— I shall send you my MSS, either this evening or tomorrow morning, but I must converse with you about some points.


Assistant to Henry Colburn, publisher of the Narrative.
Alterations to CD’s manuscript of Journal and remarks.


Asks WS to write to his friend to make his corrections [in CD’s MS of Journal of researches] in ink.

Capt. FitzRoy agrees with the propriety of beginning to print [CD’s volume separately] at once.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Shoberl
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 369,” accessed on 20 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2