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To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   26 July [1851]

Down Farnborough | Kent

July 26th.—

My dear Sir

I really beg your pardon for troubling you so often; but I must get you kindly to answer me one question by Monday’s evening’s Post.— viz, I have written out in Latin & English short (i.e. 2 or 3 lines) specific character. In my monograph for the Pal. Soc. Mr Bowerbank specially asked me to insert both, as in some cases Latin & in others English Descriptions had been given by other authors.— I intended to insert both in present volume, but have just recollected that this is a point you ought to settle, & which must be settled at once.1 In actual bulk, it will make, at most, only some 8 or 10 pages difference in whole volume.—

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Living Cirripedia (1851) has specific descriptions in both Latin and English. This practice was not followed in the second volume (1854), which contains descriptions in English only.


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.


Asks EL whether he should use both Latin and English descriptions of specific characters [in vol. 1 of Living Cirripedia].

Letter details

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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1446,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

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