Describes work on fossil cirripedes. Asks to keep specimens somewhat longer.
Down Farnborough Kent
As this is the first of Feb
I have described eleven species in detail & next Wednesday I take up many specimens to be drawn.— I suppose I have at least 12 more species to describe, of which several belong to you.— I cannot work quicker, but I pledge myself to go steadily on with the fossil pedunculate species till they are finished.—
Please to observe that where there are many valves each species requires 5 or 6 pages of description.—
From the kindness of your notes, I do not believe you will object to my keeping your specimens somewhat longer—if I do not hear I shall understand I have your permission.—
Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
I forgot before to say that all your specimens shall be returned named specifically & with name of valve
- f1 1299.f1CD took them to James de Carle Sowerby, who drew the figures of the fossil Lepadidae. See letter to James de Carle Sowerby, 12 February .
- f2 1299.f2Of Fitch's specimens, CD described five species (two of Scalpellum and three of Pollicipes), besides several varieties of Scalpellum maximum, all from the Upper Chalk of Norwich.