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To Philip Lutley Sclater   28 February [1868]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Feb. 28

Dear Sclater

My impression is that Capt. King’s Birds were given first to Zoolog. Soc. & that ultimately they went to Brit. Museum.1 But the habitats were badly kept, I have known Cape de Verde2 & I think Brazilian species marked “Tierra del Fuego”. Almost everything collected was thus marked.

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Phillip Parker King was commander of the Adventure and Beagle on the surveying voyage to South America, between 1826 and 1830 (see Correspondence vol. 1). A catalogue of some of the bird specimens collected during the voyage was published in Narrative 1: 532–44. Sclater was preparing a work on the birds of Central and South America; it included species previously described by King (see Sclater and Salvin 1869, p. 163).
Cape Verde is an archipelago off the west coast of Africa.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Narrative: Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Bird specimens collected by Capt. P. P. King eventually went to British Museum, but many specimens were incorrectly marked.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Philip Lutley Sclater
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.345)
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ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5948,” accessed on 13 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16