CD is distressed that JS's shipment of fossils has been lost: "of all the Cirripedes in the world, I most wish to dissect the Alepas squalicola". Welcomes JS's offer to send some northern recent species. CD finds great confusion in the current classification of cirripedes in British museums; different genera are made into one species, mere varieties are made into distinct species. If JS would give him some named common northern species, it would be of great assistance.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I have delayed writing to you to give you my most cordial thanks for all your kindness,
in the earnest hopes of hearing again from Prof. Forchhammer. He will have told you of
the parcel never having arrived: I made all kinds of enquiries, & was assured at
the Office that no parcel directed to me arrived by the Pomona in November: I yet hope
that it may not, by mistake, have been sent off from Copenhagen; but no doubt Prof.
Forchhammer will have made due enquiries. When I hear again, that it was really sent
off, I will advertise in newspapers with large reward for its recovery.— I
cannot in truth tell you how grieved I have been: your fossils would have been of the
greatest interest to me, & of all the Cirripedes in the world, I most
wish to dissect the Alepas squalicola, & I had written to Lovèn to
beg for a specimen. But it is not on my account but on
your account that I so deeply regret the loss of the parcel, if it prove
really lost: I am assured by M
You are so kind as to offer me some northern recent species; namely some from Iceland
&c, & an otion (I have a quite new & very singular genus
like an Otion from a Delphinus) from the Delphinus globiceps, together with some remarks on their distribution; I cannot say too strongly how
valuable these would be to me; & I would return them all to you. If,
however, you enclose the sessile cirripedes, I
As far as industry goes, I will make my monograph as complete as I can; & I have large materials most generously placed at my disposal. Again let me thank you most sincerely for all the very great kindness you have shown me: I assure you I consider receiving even a letter from the Author of the volume on Alternate Generations a pleasure & honour.—
Believe me, dear Sir, Yours very faithfully & obliged. C. Darwin.—
How anxiously I yet hope to hear that the parcel is safe; if you can endure to send me
anything more; it had better be addressed to
- f1 1282.f1See letters to Sven Lovén, 12 November 1849, and to J. G. Forchhammer, 1 December , n. 3.
- f2 1282.f2See letter to Albany Hancock, 29 September , n. 9. CD had obtained these specimens, found on the back of a dolphin and which he named Siphonicella, from Richard Thomas Lowe. Steenstrup was able to supply him with others and with a published description in which he called the genus Xenobalanus (see Living Cirripedia (1854): 439 and Correspondence vol. 5, letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 16 October ).
- f3 1282.f3Anatifera cretæ (Scalpellum (?) cretæ), described in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 45.
- f4 1282.f4Linnaeus included both pedunculate and sessile cirripedes under Lepas. See CD's note on the problem of nomenclature that this had created (Living Cirripedia (1851): 67 n.).
- f5 1282.f5Steenstrup 1842. CD read the English translation of the German version of this work (Steenstrup 1845b) in April 1846 (DAR 119; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV), and his annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. On the importance of Steenstrup's book for nineteenth-century naturalists, see Winsor 1976 and Farley 1982.
- f6 1282.f6CD discussed this specimen in a section on dubious species in Living Cirripedia (1851): 374–5. CD suspected that ‘this is the common Scalpellum vulgare, and that Stroem counted the valves only on one side, overlooking the rudimentary and concealed rostrum; and this would give seven for the number of the valves.’ (p. 375). The reference is to Stroem 1788. Scalpellum, like Ibla, was notable for its unusual sexual relations.