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To Robert Fitch   [December? 1850]1

Down Farnborough Kent


Dear Sir

I send one line to assure you that it is not my fault, or that of the Palæont. Soc. that your collection (as well as of many other people) has been detained so utterly unreasonably long. I have got back several of your specimens quite safe with excellent drawings from Mr Sowerby but he has yet several in hand. He has, also, arranged the places of all on the Plates; but his progress is intolerably slow. We do all we can to urge him on. I assure you the very week on which I can get from Sowerby proof-Plates & see that the Engravings are correct your specimens shall most faithfully be all returned. Until then I trust to your kindness & liberality to be patient with me.— This obviously requires no answer

Yours faithfully obliged | C. Darwin


Dated on the basis that the letter falls between letters to Robert Fitch, 11 November [1850] and 24 January [1851] (Correspondence vol. 5). By the middle of January 1851 CD had received the completed illustrations from James de Carle Sowerby (Correspondence vol. 5, letter to J. de C. Sowerby, 21 January [1851]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Describes progress of J. de C. Sowerby in engraving fossil cirripede specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Fitch
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Source of text
Norwich Castle
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1376,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4