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To the Secretary, Royal Society1   28 September 1858

Down Bromley Kent

Sept. 28/58


There can, I apprehend, be no doubt that the present valuable Parts of Dr. Carpenter’s Researches on the Foraminefera, though in my opinion somewhat too lengthy, should be published in full in the Transactions, in conformity with the previous Parts.2 The memoir will require ample illustrations.

Sir | Your obed. servt | Ch. Darwin To the | Secretary | Royal. Socy.—


William Sharpey and George Gabriel Stokes were the secretaries of the Royal Society in 1858.
CD refers to the third part of William Benjamin Carpenter’s researches on the Foraminifera (Carpenter 1859), which had been read at a meeting of the Royal Society on 17 June 1858. CD had refereed the previous parts of the work and recommended their publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to the Council of the Royal Society, 18 August 1855, and vol. 6, letter to the Secretary, Royal Society, 18 July 1856).


Carpenter, William Benjamin. 1859. Researches on the Foraminifera. Pt 3. On the genera Peneropolis, Operculina, and Amphistegina. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 149: 1–41.

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


Recommends W. B. Carpenter’s latest part of memoir on Foraminifera be published in Philosophical Transactions [R. Soc. Lond. 149 (1859): 1–41].

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Charles Robert Darwin
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2330,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

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