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To J. de C. Sowerby   3 March [1850]


Has lost a good many days and will need another fortnight to finish the pedunculate fossil cirripedes. The Palaeontographical Society will publish the fossil species. "If I was but better in health, I shd work quicker."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James de Carle Sowerby
Date:  3 Mar [1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1306

To Wilhelm Dunker   3 March [1850]


Explains that he is working on recent and fossil Cirripedia, and asks if WD can aid him with specimens of Roemer’s Pollicipes species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Wilhelm Bernhard Rudolph Hadrian Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Dunker
Date:  3 Mar [1850]
Classmark:  Antiquariat Inlibris (dealers) (, accessed 16 October 2015)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1306F

To Charles Henry Lardner Woodd   4 March 1850


Comments on paper by CHLW.

Considers effect of heat on bending of strata, and producing volcanoes and elevation.

"I can have no doubt that speculative men, with a curb on, make far the best observers."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Henry Lardner Woodd
Date:  4 Mar 1850
Classmark:  DAR 148: 375
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1307

To Charles Lyell   [8 March 1850]


Comments on CL’s Anniversary address [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): xxvii–lxvi]. Notes CL’s criticism of R. I. Murchison’s catastrophism.

Asks whether there are Lower Cretaceous beds in Scandinavia. Thinks Leopold von Buch must have neglected them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [8 Mar 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.92)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1308

To J. S. Bowerbank   [8 March 1850]


Thanks JSB for cirripede specimens. Discusses publication [of Fossil Cirripedia].

Discusses his membership in Palaeontographical Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  [8 Mar 1850]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (AL 44a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1310

To J. S. Bowerbank   17 March [1850]


Thanks JSB for information regarding Sylvanus Hanley’s residence.

Sends stamps for specimen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank
Date:  17 Mar [1850]
Classmark:  University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1312

To Robert Fitch   17 March [1850]


Describes progress of cirripede research. Palaeontographical Society will publish monograph [Fossil Cirripedia].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Fitch
Date:  17 Mar [1850]
Classmark:  Norwich Castle
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1313

To Samuel Pickworth Woodward   21 March [1850]


Thanks SPW for his history of Aptychus, which makes A. D. d’Orbigny’s view [that it is a cirripede] improbable. [See Fossil Cirripedia 1: 3.]

Specimens SPW sent are very useful and interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Samuel Pickworth Woodward
Date:  21 Mar [1850]
Classmark:  Barbara and Robert Pincus (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1314

To Albany Hancock   [31 March or 7 April 1850]


AH may keep CD’s MS as long as he likes.

Comments on various cirripede species. "I mean now to continue at Systematic Part till I have finished."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Albany Hancock
Date:  [31 Mar or 7 Apr] 1850
Classmark:  The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1316
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