About to go to press with "wearyful" Fossil Cirripedia [vol. 1 (1851)];
would like to borrow proof-sheets of Frederick Dixon's work [The geology and fossils of the Tertiary and Cretaceous formations of Sussex (1850)]. Would also like to borrow a specimen of Balanus glacialis from Royal College of Surgeons. Encloses formal request [see 1356].
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Owen
I always take shame to myself to trouble you, but I hope soon to go to press with my
wearyful fossil Cirripedia, & am anxious to see the account in M
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. | It this minute occurs to me that I have been intending to beg another
favour of you, to get me permission to examine (if possible) one of the smaller
specimens of Balanus
glacialis in the Museum, attached to some shrimp-like
creature. If such be possible, will you send parcel to
care of G. Snow
I have in vain elsewhere endeavoured to see this Balanus. I write formal note to show if required.
- f1 1355.f1F. Dixon 1850.
- f2 1355.f2Following the death of Frederick Dixon in 1849, Owen undertook to edit his work for the press. The volume was published the end of December 1850 (Publishers' Circular, 1 January 1851).
- f3 1355.f3J. de C. Sowerby made the drawings for F. Dixon 1850 (Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 38).
- f4 1355.f4Listed in the catalogue, Royal College of Surgeons 1830, Pt IV, p. 74. However, in Living Cirripedia (1854): 262, CD stated:
In various collections, I find specimens of B. crenatus, when coming from the arctic regions, called B. glacialis, … though I have not met with an authentic specimen of the B. glacialis of Gray … I have little doubt that it would prove to be the present species.
- f5 1355.f5See letter to Richard Owen, 10 September  (calendar number 1356).