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To John Edward Gray   [January 1851]


Is coming tomorrow to see Lorenz Spengler on cirripedes [Auserlesne Schnecken, Muscheln und andre Schaalthiere (1758)] and the remaining sessile cirripedes in the collection. Has finished Balanus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Edward Gray
Date:  [Jan 1851]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Zoology letters 2: 57)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1383

To John Mumford   1 January 1851


Receipt for £3 5s, proceeds of a lecture, for the Down Coal and Clothing Club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Mumford
Date:  1 Jan 1851
Classmark:  The Royal Society (LUB: D17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1385

To Rowland Hill   6 January 1851


Drawings of the apteryx in three positions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Rowland Hill, 2d Viscount Hill
Date:  6 Jan 1851
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1385F

To James de Carle Sowerby   21 January [1851]


CD is pleased with plates [for Fossil Cirripedia (Lepadidae)]; most corrections need only a touch. Requests revises soon and asks how much he owes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James de Carle Sowerby
Date:  21 Jan [1851]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1386

To Robert Fitch   24 January [1851]


Collection of fossil cirripedes to be returned. Would RF be willing to donate duplicates to the British Museum?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  24 Jan [1851]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1387

To the Palaeontographical Society   [before 31 January 1851]


Read a letter from CD. Resolved that labels be printed for the backs of each number of monograph printed and forthcoming.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Palaeontographical Society
Date:  [before 31 Jan 1851]
Classmark:  British Geological Survey Archives (Palaeontographical Society minutes)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1439

To J. de C. Sowerby   10 February [1851]


CD likes the plates [for Fossil Cirripedia (Lepadidae)] except pl. I [Scalpellum], which calls for several revisions; he sees that not all corrections were made, but assumes they called for too extensive changes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James de Carle Sowerby
Date:  10 Feb [1851]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1388

To J. de C. Sowerby   13 February [1851]


CD appreciates JdeCS’s care. Sends specimens, noting points to be observed. He adds that the figures which have been most troublesome are those of which drawings were made [for Fossil Cirripedia (Lepadidae)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James de Carle Sowerby
Date:  13 Feb [1851]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1389

To William Jackson Hooker   17 February [1851]


Encloses letter from J. D. Hooker. Glad he will soon be home.

Everyone will be astonished at oaks and birches of tropics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  17 Feb [1851]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1390

To J. de C. Sowerby   19 February [1851]


Comments on JdeCS’s plates [for Fossil Cirripedia (Lepadidae)]. Asks if JdeCS can lend him specimens of fossil Balanidae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James de Carle Sowerby
Date:  19 Feb [1851]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1391

To Samuel Pickworth Woodward   3 March [1851]


Cirripede fossil specimens returned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  3 Mar [1851]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1392

To William Harris   4 March [1851]


Has finished the last proof of his monograph [Fossil Lepadidae] and returns WH’s specimens. Has named two new species from the collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Harris
Date:  4 Mar [1851]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 42579: 233–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1393

To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   4 March [1851]


Asks EL to request the Council [of the Ray Society] to permit him to have nine plates [for vol. 1 of Living Cirripedia] instead of eight (of which two were to be in colour) and a tenth plate if he pays for it himself.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edwin Lankester; Ray Society
Date:  4 Mar [1851]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1395

To J. W. Flower   [11 March 1851?]


Thanks for specimens. Will return books on Monday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Wickham Flower
Date:  [11 Mar 1851?]
Classmark:  Skinner Inc. (dealers) (15 November 2009)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1395F

To John Wickham Flower   23 March [1851]


Thanks JWF for [cirripede] fossils; one species seems from a new formation.

Regrets that his health makes it necessary to decline an invitation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Wickham Flower
Date:  23 Mar [1851]
Classmark:  Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1075

To William Darwin Fox   [27 March 1851]


Sends condolences to WDF on the death of his father. Has brought his daughter [Anne] to J. M. Gully for the water-cure.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [27 Mar 1851]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 78a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1396

From Joseph Dalton Hooker   [c. April 1851]



Wants catalogue of small islands that contain peculiar plants. Thinks complete floras of islands in various stages of depression [subsidence] would provide good data.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. Apr 1851]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1382

To Johannes Japetus Smith Steenstrup   3 April 1851


Fossil cirripedes specimens being returned. Will send a copy of monograph [Fossil Cirripedia]. Discusses work on recent cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Date:  3 Apr 1851
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1397

To Wilhelm Bernhard Rudolph Hadrian Dunker   5 April [1851]


Returns fossil cirripede specimens to WD, Friedrich Adolph Roemer, R. A. Philippi, and F. C. L. Koch.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wilhelm Bernhard Rudolph Hadrian Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Dunker
Date:  5 Apr [1851]
Classmark:  Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1398

To Emma Darwin   [17 April 1851]


Reports the state of Anne Darwin’s health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [17 Apr 1851]
Classmark:  DAR 210.13: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1399
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