Discusses possibility of providing B. J. Sulivan with a vessel for fossil hunting in Patagonia.
Asks RO to ask Mrs Dixon about borrowing cirripede specimen.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Owen.
I have received a letter from Capt. Sulivan at the Falkland
I have to thank you much for sending me a note some time since, which I could show to
I certainly do wish much to see it; but not sufficiently to take me such a journey. How I hope that your Lectures will be published, of which you sent me the prospectus;
Yours my dear Owen very truly | C. Darwin
- f1 1322.f1Bartholomew James Sulivan had taken a three-year leave from the Navy late in 1848 and settled in the Falklands with his family. Owen had previously identified fossils that had been collected by Sulivan in South America (see Correspondence vol. 3, letters to Richard Owen, 21 [June 1846] and [24 February 1849]).
- f2 1322.f2Hydrographer to the Admiralty.
- f3 1322.f3Sulivan had discovered mammalian fossils at Rio Gallegos during his Falkland surveys of 1842–6. See South America, p. 117, and Correspondence vol. 3, letter from B. J. Sulivan, 13 January – 12 February 1845. CD had found fossils at St Julian and Bahia Blanca.
- f4 1322.f4‘A person who arouses the attention or jogs the memory; a remembrancer. Also … a reminder’ (OED).
- f5 1322.f5The widow of Frederick Dixon. Dixon had collected and described cirripedes with other fossils of the Sussex formations. See F. Dixon 1850 and Sowerby and Sowerby 1812–46, vol. 7, cited in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 37–8.
- f6 1322.f6Xiphidium angustum, a synonym for Scalpellum angustum. CD apparently did not obtain a specimen from Mrs Dixon but relied on James de Carle Sowerby's drawing of it in F. Dixon 1850 (Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 37–8).
- f7 1322.f7The reference is probably to the Hunterian Lectures of 1850, ‘On the generation and development of vertebrate animals with prefatory remarks on vertebræ’ (R. S. Owen 1894, 1: 356). The lectures were not published.