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To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   19 July [1851]

Down Farnborough | Kent

July 19th.—

My dear Sir

I find that I require 4 woodcuts, two very simple, one moderately so, & one slightly complex;1 I hope there will be no objection to allowing me these. There is no time to lose, as they come in my introduction.— can you authorise me having them made?— Mr. Sowerby will make the little drawings for them; shall he order them to be cut, or shall I send the drawings to to you.— Will you kindly send me a line in answer by return of a Post: or two.— I shall send all M.S. (& I have added considerably to quantity, in accordance with a wish expressed by you.) to you by last day of this month. I shall send it by my own servant, as I have no copy, & I shd. greatly prefer if you would permit him to take it on to Mess. Adlard,2 & then I shall be assured of its safety.— Will you, therefore, kindly tell me how long it must be left with you for your inspection, before my servant can take it to Mess. Adlard.— You will have, I think, only to settle size of type: I will send as good materials as I can, for you to judge in how many pages it will print of size & type used by Dr. Baird—3

Forgive this trouble & begging for an early answer. | Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


Only three woodcuts occur on the illustration opposite page 3 in the introduction to Living Cirripedia (1851). One of them, Fig. I, is identical to that of the ‘Capitulum’ in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 9, which CD had asked to borrow in letter to J. S. Bowerbank, Palaeontographical Society, 7 July [1851]. Fig. II is of the scutum of Lepas, and Fig. III is of the tergum of the same genus.
Charles and James Adlard, 2212 Bartholomew Close, London (Post Office London directory 1851), were printers to the Ray Society.
Baird 1850 contained 364 pages and was also published by the Ray Society. CD had previously estimated the length of his monograph against this work (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Edwin Lankester, 7 November [1850]).


Baird, William. 1850. The natural history of the British Entomostraca. London.

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.

Living Cirripedia (1851): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Lepadidæ; or, pedunculated cirripedes. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851.

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


Finds he needs four woodcuts for the introduction [to vol. 1 of Living Cirripedia], which calls for quick action. Will send entire MS by the end of the month.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edwin Lankester; Ray Society
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
5pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1443,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

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