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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?    16 August [1854–8]1

Down | Bromley | Kent

Aug 16th

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your kind offer to allow me to examine your Madeira Cirripedes; but I am sorry to say that my time is so much occupied with other subjects of Natural History, that I do not wish at present to resume my work on this order.— With my best thanks, I remain | Your obliged servant | Charles Darwin


The date range is inferred from CD’s reference to having completed his study of cirripedes. The last volume of his four-volume monograph was finished late in 1854 and published in May 1855 (Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I; Freeman 1977, p. 68). The reference to being occupied with ‘other subjects of Natural History’ suggests that CD was at work on his big book on species (Natural selection), not on his ‘abstract’ (Origin), which he began in the summer of 1858. See Correspondence vol. 6.


Should like to examine the correspondent’s Madeira cirripedes but is too much occupied with other subjects of natural history.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 224

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1578A,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7 (Supplement)