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To Edwin Lankester, Ray Society   [9 August 1851]

Saturday Evening

My dear Sir

I hear that you have not returned from Paris. It is hardly worth sending up my servant solely to take the M.S. to Adlard: will you kindly grant me the favour not to send it by any public conveyance, but to direct Adlard to send some trustworthy messenger, or what would be better, send some man whom you can trust, & allow me to transmit 2s worth of stamps for his trouble.

Will you be so good as to send me a line to Down Farnborough Kent, to state when & how sent. Forgive my silly particularity.—

I leave a note for Adlard to say that on the 17th 18th 1 I shall hope for a proof & that I shall be able to correct one daily & trust I may receive them regularly.

As far as I can see I shall cause you no more trouble

Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin


CD noted in his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I) that he ‘began proofs’ on 18 August.


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


Wants his MS [of Living Cirripedia] taken to Adlard by a trustworthy person and wants to be told when and how it was done; leaves a note for Adlard that he wants proof on the 17th or 18th.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edwin Lankester; Ray Society
Sent from
London, Park St, 7
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1449,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

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