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To Samuel Pickworth Woodward1   3 March [1851]

Down. Farnborough Kent

March 3d.

My dear Sir

I fear that your patience will have been exhausted, but at last I am happy to say that I have finished & printed my monograph on the fossil pedunculated Cirripedes & am enabled to return you your specimens. I thank you very sincerely for their loan; they have been most useful to me.— Be careful in unpacking the boxes, that you do not lose the valves, now loose, in the cotton. All, except a few not characteristic valves, are named. The Aptychus (?)2 reached me in the broken condition in which it is now returned, I am sorry to say. No other specimens were at all injured.—

With my repeated thanks. Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The recipient is identified from an earlier letter that indicates that CD corresponded with Woodward about Aptychus. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to S. P. Woodward, 21 March [1850].
For CD’s discussion of Aptychus and his reasons for not including the genus among the pedunculated cirripedes, as had Alcide Charles Victor Dessalines d’Orbigny in Orbigny 1849–52, 1: 254, see Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 3–5.


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

Fossil Cirripedia (1851): A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ, or, pedunculated cirripedes of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1851.

Orbigny, Alcide d’. 1849–52. Cours élémentaire de paléontologie et de géologie stratigraphiques. 3 vols. Paris: Victor Masson.


Cirripede fossil specimens returned.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel Pickworth Woodward
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1392,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

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