Thanks LA for presentation copy of his book, Lake Superior .
Comments on species of cirripedes sent by LA and A. A. Gould.
Down Farnborough Kent [Malvern]
My dear Sir
I have seldom been more deeply gratified, than by receiving your most kind present of “Lake Superior”: I had heard of it, & had much wished to read it, but I confess that it was the very great honour of having in my possession a work with your autograph, as a presentation copy, that has given me such lively & sincere pleasure. I cordially thank you for it. I have began to read it with uncommon interest, which I see will increase as I go on.—
The Cirripedia which you & D
Of the genus Balanus on the shores of Britain we have one species B. perforatus Brugière which you have not in U. States; in the same way as you exclusively have B. eburneus.—
All the above species attain a somewhat larger average size on the shores of the U. States than on those of Britain, but, the specimens from the Glacial beds of Uddevalla, Scotland & Canada are larger even than those of the U. States.
If you think that D
I have not yet examined the Chthamalus & Chelonobia you sent me from Charlestown.—
Once again allow me to thank you with cordiality for the pleasure you have given me
Believe me with the highest respect | Yours truly obliged | C. Darwin
- f1 1341.f1CD's presentation copy of Agassiz 1850 (Darwin Library–CUL) is scored and annotated. Four pages of notes, listing topics and pages of interest, are pasted in the back of the volume.
- f2 1341.f2See letter to J. L. R. Agassiz, 22 October 1848.
- f3 1341.f3The species listed are discussed in Living Cirripedia (1854): 267, 256, 277, and 248.
- f4 1341.f4Living Cirripedia (1854): 231.
- f5 1341.f5Chthamalus stellatus and Chelonobia patula (Living Cirripedia (1854): 455, 390).