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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. R. Gray   [6 December 1838]1

My dear Sir

I send you a few more pages of the Proofs, which if you will have the kindness to look over, will be all that I shall put in the next number; & a third number must be a fat one to make up for the two first being rather thin.— Will you see whether the latin adverbs are properly accented, for I know no more than the Man in the Moon, how they should be.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin 36 Great Marlbro’ St



References in the letter make clear that the correspondent is George Robert Gray, who was finishing the descriptions for the second number of Birds. In his letter to Emma Wedgwood, [30 November – 1 December 1838], CD mentions working on the ‘hawks and owls’, described in that number, which makes 6 December, the following Thursday, the likely date.


Sends proofs [of Birds, no. 2]. Asks GRG to check Latin accents.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Robert Gray
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
Leiden University Libraries (BPL 885 / Darwin s.a)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 454,” accessed on 30 March 2023,

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