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To John Richardson   30 December [1851]1

Down Farnborough Kent

Decr. 30th.

My dear Sir John.

Tomorrow I will send your Box (carriage paid) by the Carrier to London to be booked by Railway to you on Thursday, & I suppose you will receive it, (I hope safely) on Friday or Saturday. I enclose according to your desire the names of the cirripedes. They are all British species; but I have been particularly glad to see them on account of their high range, & am very truly obliged to you for the loan of them.—2

I have lately been reading with much interest the account of your last expedition.3

Pray believe me | your’s truly obliged | C. Darwin

To | Sir J. Richardson C. B.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Richardson, 4 November [1851] (this volume, Supplement), the days of the carrier, and Living Cirripedia (1854). Peter Cormack Sutherland’s specimens, referred to in Living Cirripedia (1854) and in the letter to John Richardson, 4 November [1851], were brought back from North America in 1851. The package carrier from Down travelled to London early every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1851). Between 1851 and 1854, 30 December fell on a Tuesday only in 1851.
CD refers to Richardson 1851.


Will send JR’s box of cirripedes on Thursday.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1466H,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)