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Letter 1022

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

[12 Nov 1846]
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    Will JDH be in London?

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    Cirripede observations.

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Down Farnborough Kent

Thursday

My dear Hooker

Would you be so kind as to send me a line to say whether you shall be up in London, on next Thursday, Friday or Saturday,, & if you are naturally coming up, will you appoint some hour & day at some place & I will be there: I am anxious to know at once whether you will be up, as I have appointments to make for all these days & cannot do so, till I hear from you.—

I believe Arthrobalanus has no ovisac at all!, & that the appearance of one is entirely owing to the splitting, & tucking up to the posterior penis, of the inner membrane of sack.— I have just found a Cirripede with an indisputably abortive anterior penis; so that this chief anomalous feature (viz two penes) in Arthro-balanus is in some degree brought within bounds.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin

The alteration in my microscope, in accordance with your advice, has really been beyond value: the porcupine quills better than the glass tubes; the Chutney Sauce capital, so that I have many daily memorials of you.

N.B. I have cleverly invented two blocks of wood to support my wrists when dissecting under microscope a splendid invention.

Adios.—

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    f1 1022.f1
    Dated on the basis of CD's intention to visit London from 18 to 21 November (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 November 1846]).
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