Referee report by C. R. Darwin on 'Researches on the Foraminifera' by W. B. Carpenter

Charles Darwin

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Appointed referee to report on an article submitted by William Carpenter for publication to the Royal Society journal, The Philosophical Transactions, Darwin discusses the style and merit of the paper and its beautiful illustrations, which he recommands, should not all be included for publication.


  • Title: Referee report by C. R. Darwin on 'Researches on the Foraminifera' by W. B. Carpenter
  • Creator: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
  • Date Created: 1855-08-18
  • Location Created: Down [House], Downe, Kent, Down [House], Downe, Kent
  • Transcript:
    To the Council of the Royal Socy???I recommend Dr. Carpenter?s paper on Orbitolites to be printed in the Transactions. Though written, as it appears to me, in too diffuse a style, I cannot point any particular portion which could be condensed. With respect to the publication of the very beautiful drawings, I feel much difficulty: their cost, I apprehend, would be very great, & there does not seem to me, sufficient new matter of physiological importance in the memoir to justify going to a very great expence. Dr. Carpenter seems rather to overrate the novelty of connecting forms, apparently very different, by intermediate structures; though he most justly appreciates the importance of always attempting to do this, & he gives, under the form of Canons, the processes which all sound naturalists have long endeavoured to carry out. Very many of the figures are given to illustrate intermediate forms and variations.? I would, therefore, suggest that the author himself should be consulted as to how many Plates would contain those figures, which he considers as most important.? Ch. Darwin. Down Augt. 18th. 1855.
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  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: See a full transcription of this letter and others at the Darwin Correspondence Project, The paper by Carpenter was published the following year and can be discovered on the Royal Society Journals.
  • Scientist: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
  • Field: Biology, Biology
  • Catalogue Reference: RR/3/38

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