Asks to borrow specimen of Balanus glacialis from the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. It will be necessary to disarticulate it, but CD will return the valves to the Museum.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
You are aware that I have been employed for a considerable time on a Monograph on the Cirripedia.— There is a species in the Museum of the College, which I am particularly anxious to describe namely the Balanus glacialis: to do this it is indispensable to disarticulate one small specimen;— Could you oblige me by laying this request before the governing Body?
I would of course return the valves of the one specimen disarticulated, if I gain permission.
Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
To | Professor Owen | &c &c &c