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To Hugh Edwin Strickland   29 January [1849]

Summary

Has altered and added to HES’s list [compiled for Bibliographia zoologiæ et geologiæ, edited by Louis Agassiz and enlarged by HES, (1848–54)].

On zoological nomenclature CD cites a case in which he believes more harm than good would be done by following the rule of priority. Thinks the rule of the first describer’s name being attached in perpetuity to a species has been the greatest curse to natural history. Every genus of cirripedes has a half-dozen names and not one careful description.

Sends a paper he once wrote [missing] on the subject [of zoological nomenclature].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  29 Jan [1849]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1215

From H. E. Strickland   31 January 1849

Summary

Responds to CD’s two objections to the principles involved in the "Rules of zoological nomenclature": (1) that strict enforcement of the rule of priority would cause much inconvenience, and (2) attaching name of the first describer in perpetuity puts a premium on careless description by "species mongers".

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1849
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1216

To H. E. Strickland   [4 February 1849]

Summary

HES’s arguments are of great weight, but CD cannot yet bring himself to reject well-known names for obscure ones. Sends four cases that he thinks will stagger HES. Cites his problems in classifying cirripedes. CD cannot bear to give new names, yet may do wrong to attach old ones. Not one species is correctly defined. The harm done by "species mongers".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [4 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1221

From H. E. Strickland   8 February 1849

Summary

The priority rule has only diverted vanity to a rush to be first. Has no objection to CD’s suggestion that good books be quoted in preference to first descriptions if there is a chance by this means of developing this silly vanity into ambition to advance knowledge. Still, this must not affect the rule of priority. Responds to CD’s four cases.

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Feb 1849
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1223

To H. E. Strickland   10 February [1849]

Summary

HES’s letter will fructify to some extent: CD will try to be more faithful to rigid virtue and priority. Would not adopt his own notion in cirripede book without prior approval by others. Will not append "Darwin" to any of his species. Feels sure many others share his aversion.

Asks HES’s opinion on retention of generic name Conchoderma.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  10 Feb [1849]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1225

From H. E. Strickland   15 February 1849

Summary

Clarifies the notion and use of type-species and applies it to CD’s problem with Conchoderma.

Author:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1849
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1226

To H. E. Strickland   [19 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks HES for solving his problem. Has some difficulty with HES’s type-species. In arranging genera in a natural order it is often impossible to say which species should be considered the type.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [19 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1227

To Hugh Edwin Strickland   17 February [1842]

Summary

CD approves of HES’s "laws" [of nomenclature]. Regrets that [J. E.?] Gray does not approve of the scheme. CD has sent the paper to William Ogilby and suggests that HES send it to G. R. Waterhouse, of whom he has a high opinion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  17 Feb [1842]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-619

To H. E. Strickland   [19 February 1842]

Summary

CD saw Andrew Smith, who is interested in the subject [of zoological nomenclature], but CD thinks he differs from HES on some points. Sends Smith’s address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [19 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-620

To H. E. Strickland   31 May [1842]

Summary

Comments on HES’s Report ["Report of a committee … (on) nomenclature of zoology", Rep. BAAS 12 (1842): 105–21]. Suggests limit be put to changing names that are only partially erroneous to prevent those who detect the error from coining new names and attaching their own. HES’s rule for "authority for a species" is difficult, though on the whole best. Suggests stating it boldly to prevent appropriation of species names by "tacker[s] of two old names together".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  31 May [1842]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-630

To H. E. Strickland   [11 August 1842]

Summary

Congratulates HES on producing an authoritative document [BAAS committee report on zoological nomenclature].

Has been to N. Wales looking at glacier traces described by W. Buckland, which are most interesting and clear. Has written an article on what he saw ["Ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire" (1842), Collected papers 1: 163–71].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hugh Edwin Strickland
Date:  [11 Aug 1842]
Classmark:  University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-638
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