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To F. Du C. Godman   23 December [1867]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 23

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for sending me your paper which I shall probably receive by tomorrow’s post.2 I should have been very sorry to have missed seeing it, which might have happened as I do not take in the Ibis.3 I had already seen Mr. Crotch’s paper.4 I am particularly glad to hear that you intend to work up all the materials into a single paper & draw your own conclusions, for that certainly is the way to gain valuable results.5

Believe me dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. Du C. Godman, 21 December [1867].
CD refers to Godman 1866. See letter from F. Du C. Godman, 21 December [1867] and n. 3.
Godman 1866 was published in Ibis, the journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union, of which Godman was a founder member.
Crotch 1867. See letter from F. Du C. Godman, 21 December [1867] and n. 5.
See letter from F. Du C. Godman, 21 December [1867] and n. 8.


Crotch, George Robert. 1867. On the Coleoptera of the Azores. [Read 28 March 1867.] Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1867): 359–91.

Godman, Frederick Du Cane. 1866. Notes on the birds of the Azores. Ibis n.s. 2: 88–109.


Will be pleased to receive FCG’s paper. Already has that of [G. R.] Crotch. Encourages further independent work.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Frederick Du Cane Godman
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Joseph R. Sakmyster, ADS Autographs (dealer)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5738F,” accessed on 28 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15