Inquires about parcel of cirripede specimens lost in transit. Asks him to tell Steenstrup about the loss.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I write in great anxiety about the parcel of cirripedes.— I received your
letter of Nov. 16
I find from his letter there was a specimen of Alepas squalicola, which is the cirripede of all others in the world, I wish most to dissect.— How anxious I shall be to hear from you— You had better insist upon the agents in Copenhagen writing to the London Agents.— It is a terrible loss—
In Haste | Yours most gratefully | C. Darwin
Pray communicate to Prof. Steentrup about the parcel; how I do hope it may have been
forgotten to have been shipped.— I sh
I am so sorry to cause you all this trouble, after your extreme kindness to me.—
When I hear from you again that it was actually shipped—I will put an advertisement in Times newspaper, & offer large reward for recovery of Parcel
- f1 1273.f1In the letter from J. G. Forchhammer, [15 November 1849], Forchhammer stated that the parcel went by the steamer Camilla. Presumably he wrote the next day to say that the parcel was going in the steamer Pomona instead. The Pomona arrived at Gravesend on 21 November having called at Riga and St Petersburg (the Globe, 22 November 1849). The reason CD had not received the parcel was that it had been put inside another box and sent to a mineral dealer, who did not forward the specimens to CD until January 1850 (letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 25 January ).
- f2 1273.f2See letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 30 December .
- f3 1273.f3See letters to Albany Hancock, 29 September , and to Sven Lovén, 12 November 1849, n. 2. CD may have been anxious to dissect this barnacle because of its near affinity to Ibla, a genus with a remarkable range of sexual forms (see Living Cirripedia (1851): 179–80).