Asks to borrow specimen of Pollicipes from the Chalk.
Down Farnborough Kent
I hope that you will excuse the liberty I take in addressing you.— I am
employed on a monograph on the Cirripedia, recent & fossil, for the Ray.
Soc.— I am very anxious to see as many specimens
as possible.— I have now at my house numerous specimens from
If you send it, I sh
I hope that you will forgive my having taken the liberty to ask so great a favour.—
I beg to remain | Dear Sir | Your faithful servant | Charles Darwin
Would you inform me if you know, from what part of the Chalk your specimen came?—
- f1 1274.f1The Ray Society published the two volumes of Living Cirripedia (1851, 1854). The two volumes of Fossil Cirripedia were published by the Palaeontographical Society (1851, 1854).
- f2 1274.f2Searles Valentine Wood and James Buckman. In Fossil Cirripedia (1851): v, CD thanked Buckman for ‘a fine series of the valves of Pollicipes ooliticus, the most ancient Cirripede as yet known, discovered and named by him.’
- f3 1274.f3John Morris, with Daniel Sharpe, had identified the fossil shells CD had collected on the Falkland Islands. See South America, p. 151, and Morris and Sharpe 1846.
- f4 1274.f4Two specimens of Pollicipes from Fitch's collection (P. angelini and P. striatus) were described by CD. Both are said to come from the Upper Chalk, Norwich.