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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Stokes   [1839 – September 1842]


My dear Stokes

I send you my few observations of Fungia, exactly as I made them, with merely corrections of arrangement & style: my comparisons with Actinia & Caryophyllia were written on the spot.—1 Pray be so kind as to make any improvements in style or names of parts as you think fit2

Believe me | Most truly Yours | C. Darwin 12 Upper Gower St


The observations referred to are in CD’s manuscript diary of observations on zoology of the places visited during the voyage, DAR 31.2: 345, ‘Tahiti’.
CD had consulted Stokes before sailing in the Beagle. In his list of suggestions from various naturalists, CD noted: ‘Humming birds from Juan Fernandez & every thing especially from Gallipago. Mr. Stokes’ and ‘Species of Fungias. ascertain from fleshy parts; & propagation: found in shallow water: Mr Stokes.—’ (DAR 29.3: 78). No descriptions of CD’s Fungia specimens have been found.


Sends observations he made on Fungia during Beagle voyage. Asks CS to make corrections in style or names of parts as he sees fit.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Stokes
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Wellcome Collection
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 478,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

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