Collection of fossil cirripedes to be returned. Would RF be willing to donate duplicates to the British Museum?
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
At last I have the great happiness to be able to say that I have finally compared your
specimens with Proof-Plates & have at last done with them. I thank you once
again very sincerely for your very long loan of them: they
have been of the greatest use to me.—
None have been in the least injured in passing through
I this morning packed up about half, each one or two
If you sh
Once again with my sincere thanks | I remain | dear Sir | Your's' very faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 1387.f1CD had held many of Fitch's specimens for over a year. See Correspondence vol.4, letter to Robert Fitch, [December? 1850].
- f2 1387.f2In the preface to Fossil Cirripedia (1851): v, CD wrote: ‘To Mr. Fitch, of Norwich, I here beg to return my thanks, for having allowed me to keep, during several months, his unrivalled collection of Cirripedia from the Upper Chalk of Norwich,—the fruit of twenty years' labour.’ Fitch had supplied type specimens of Scalpellum fossula, S. maximum, Pollicipes angelini, P. striatus, and P. fallax.
- f3 1387.f3See Correspondence vol. 4, letters to Robert Fitch, 10 January , 15 January , [23 January 1850], and [6 February 1850].
- f4 1387.f4Withers 1928–53, which discusses the cirripedes presented to the British Museum by CD, does not list any specimens from Fitch. According to Withers 1928–53, 2: 185, Fitch's collection, including specimens described by CD, is in the Norwich Castle Museum.