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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. B. Sowerby   [9? December 1845]

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for having so promptly & kindly finished your undertaking.—

The large Pectines may certainly be left undescribed.—

I am not likely to be in town for a fortnight or more & therefore, without you think you can explain any points vivâ voce better than on paper, it would perhaps be best to have all the specimens & M.S. packed up together & I will send our Carrier for them on Thursday week which is the first day that I can.— But please be so kind as to send me a line, if you think it at all adviseable that I shd see you on the subject & I will make a point of calling the very first time I come up.—

Will you when at leisure oblige me by informing me how many hours of your time you have been so good as to give to me.1

It is very strange & provoking about the Turritellæ: I shall have to go through all, when I begin to calculate how far I can go in engraving the new spec.2 & then possibly they may somehow turn up.

Your’s very faithfully | C. Darwin


CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) has the following entry, dated 15 December 1845: ‘Sowerby cheque   work at shells £4..10s’.
The engravings of the Tertiary shells were made by George Brettingham Sowerby Jr (see letter to G. B. Sowerby Jr, 31 [March 1846]).


Discusses GBS’s completion of his descriptions of fossil shells for the appendix to South America.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Brettingham Sowerby
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 934,” accessed on 12 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3