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

Down Farnborough Kent

Feb. 19th.—

My dear Sir

The Plate will now do very well;1 & I am much obliged for all the trouble you have taken, & congratulate you that I can cause no more.

The specimens all arrived quite safe: I thank you for having registered them which I did not think of, & I return you in stamps the Cost.—

With respect to what you say about the payment of the drawings is exceedingly liberal; but on the other hand, the drawings, though no doubt they facilitated the engraving, must have put you to some extra trouble; did you include this trouble in your estimate to the Pal. Soc.? because if not, I must beg you, to make some charge to me, for I should be sorry to take an unfair advantage of your liberality. On the latter view, whenever convenient, please to let me know what I am indebted to you.

Accept my thanks & believe me | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

P.S. | Mr. Salter2 tells me you have several named fossil Balani; if you could at any time get to these & lend them me, they might & probably would be of great service.3


See letters to J. de C. Sowerby, 10 February [1851] and 13 February [1851].
John William Salter, who had been apprenticed to Sowerby in 1835 and was at this time assistant palaeontologist to the Geological Survey (Secord 1985).
Seven specimens from Sowerby’s collection are listed in Fossil Cirripedia (1854).


Fossil Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the fossil Balanidæ and Verrucidæ of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1854.


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

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
James de Carle Sowerby
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Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1391,” accessed on 17 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5