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To J. S. Bowerbank   7 July [1851]

Down Farnborough Kent


My dear Sir

If you think there is nothing unusual or improper in the following request, will you be so kind as to lay it before the Council of the Pall.. Socy.—namely for the loan for the use of the Ray. Socy.— of the woodcut Fig I, used at p. 10 of my Paper on the Lepadidæ.1 I meant to have made this application some weeks since & by an unfortunate oversight quite forgot it.— If the Council does not meet pretty soon, (as I shall have to go to press in at most a fortnight) and secondly if you think the Council will lend the cut to me, would you venture to lend it on your own responsibility, on the understanding that I would procure another block, if the loan was not approved of.— If you can lend it, or if it can be lent, will you kindly direct it to be sent to C. Darwin care of G. Snow Nag’s Head Borough.

I apologise for this trouble, but I thought it a pity that the Ray Soc.y shd be put to any useless expence, & I know that you are interested in the Ray Society—2

Yours very truly | C. Darwin


The woodcut, Fig. I, ‘Capitulum’, appears as one of three illustrations of the valves of Cirripedia on page 9 (not page 10) of Fossil Cirripedia (1851). It appears on a fold-out illustration with two other figures opposite page 3 of Living Cirripedia (1851).
Bowerbank was treasurer of the Ray Society as well as being the founder of the Palaeontographical Society.


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


Asks to borrow woodcut from Palaeontographical Society for use in Living Cirripedia, vol. 1.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
James Scott Bowerbank; Palaeontographical Society
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.99)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1441,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

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