Describes result of his dissection of one of JSB's cirripede specimens, "now a hundred fold more instructive". Awaits fossils from Copenhagen Chalk for comparison with British specimens. Asks permission for J. de C. Sowerby to draw specimens.
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Sir
In accordance with your permission, I have cleared one of the large valves, which can
be now drawn. The four little embedded pieces, now cleared & separated, consist
of (1) a fragment of a scutum, (2) a perfect upper latus (3
Your specimen is certainly now a hundred–fold more instructive; & the 3 valves which were in their nearly proper position have not been in the least displaced.
Many thanks for offer of sessile cirripedes, but I am not nearly ready for them yet.—
Forbes wrote to me that he understood that you had some
valves from the Gault of Pollicipes besides those sent to me; if you have &
I fully thought I had asked you in my former note, & if I did not it was an
accidental omission which I am very sorry to say will entail another note on
you.— It is to ask whether you will permit me to have some of your specimens
drawn by M
With respect to publication of the fossils, I have not yet thought: your mentioning the
Palæont. Soc. makes me think whether my work w
Pray forgive this trouble. & believe me. Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 1294.f1According to Trenn 1974, p. 480 n. 87, this is probably the co-embedded specimen of Pollicipes glaber from the Chalk described in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 62 and Tab. III, fig. 10a.
- f2 1294.f2CD began systematic descriptions of the sessile Cirripedia on 28 April 1850 (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).
- f3 1294.f3Edward Forbes.
- f4 1294.f4Bowerbank had initiated in 1847 the establishment of the Palaeontographical Society for the purpose of publishing undescribed British fossils (DNB).
- f5 1294.f5Henrick Henricksen Beck.