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From G. B. Sowerby   [1846]

Note for Mr. Darwin relative to his addition to Struthiolaria ornata App. p. 12.

I see no objection to this addition being inserted, provided that the fact of Mr. Cuming having found a living species of Struthiolaria at Arica be given on the authority of Mr. Cuming himself and not on mine.1

Mem: In my opinion the latin of Darwin is Darvinius—that of Sowerby— Soverbius—as w is not a latin letter—Mr Darwin must use his own discretion.2

I percieve Mr Darwin has altered the spelling of Navedad to Navidad— it is a subject with which I am entirely unacquainted & only mention it for Mr Darwin’s consideration.

Trigonocelia p. 4. The observation may properly stand as it is.3


South America, p. 260, where Sowerby stated that this was ‘the only fossil species of this rare genus that he has seen’. Hugh Cuming is not mentioned.
The forms Darwinii and Darwinianus are used in South America. Sowerby named two species of shells after CD.
South America, p. 252.


South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.


Note on editorial details concerning names of fossil shells [for South America, appendix]. The Latin for "Darwin" is "Darvinius".

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George Brettingham Sowerby
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 43.1: 5
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Amem 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 939,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

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