Describes progress of cirripede research. Palaeontographical Society will publish monograph [Fossil Cirripedia].
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I write only to say that I have now described all your specimens, & have merely
to go over them a second time. I have heard from M
Your materials have indeed been of extreme value to me.— I assure you deliberately that the length of time I have detained your specimens has not been caused by idleness.—
I remain with thanks | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
This scrawl obviously requires no answer.—
P.S. I have opened my note especially to thank you for having sent me so many
specimens; had it not been for these, I sh
- f1 1313.f1CD probably refers to his having been saved from making many separate species of Scalpellum because Fitch's specimens demonstrated that they were only varieties of S. maximum (see Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 26–7). CD stated that he was forced to this conclusion because ‘the forms so blend together with very short intervals, that I cannot specifically separate them.’ Had it not been for the intermediate forms of valves, he said, he would ‘certainly have considered them quite distinct’.