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Letter 1158A

Darwin, C. R. to Ross, J. C.

25 Feb [1848]

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    Thanks for sending cirripedes. Cannot make out the label, so can JCR tell him the bank and the depth. Hopes to keep the specimens for 6 or 8 weeks before returning them.

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Down | Farnborough | Kent

Feb. 25th.

Dear Sir James Ross

I am very much obliged to you for so kindly remembering my wish to see any Cirripedes in your possession: I received them only a few days since owing to my not having been for a long time in London.— I am now very sorry to trouble you, but I cannot make out the label enclosed: will you kindly tell me what Bank it is, & if you remember the depth. The dry Balani, I presume came from T. del Fuego.

Finally, one more question: shd I return the specimens to you at the Athenæum Club? I hope you will allow me to keep them for about six or eight weeks for I shall not return to the genus Balanus just at present.

I am really sorry thus to trouble you.

Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

To | Capt. Sir J. Ross | R.N. &c &c.

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    f1 1158a.f1
    The date is suggested by the relationship to a letter to Ross in December 1847 requesting Ross's assistance with his cirripede monograph. See n. 2, below.
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    f2 1158a.f2
    In a letter to Ross, 31 December 1847 (Correspondence vol. 4), CD asked Ross to collect cirripede specimens for him during his forthcoming voyage in search of John Franklin (1848--9). Ross had previously collected cirripedes during his Antarctic exploring expedition (1839--43) and seems to have sent these to CD in response to his request. Specimens of Balanus from Ross's Antarctic collection were described in Living Cirripedia (1854): 209, 225.
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    f3 1158a.f3
    The letter is annotated `And 30 Mar', presumably the date of a letter from Ross to CD that is now missing.
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    f4 1158a.f4
    CD recorded having worked on Balanus in February 1847 and did not again study this genus of sessile cirripedes until late in 1850. See Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I.
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