Asks to re-examine specimen of Scalpellum. Discusses publication [of Fossil Cirripedia] by Palaeontographical Society.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
Several months ago you gave me some little Scalpellums from Algoa Bay, (the most interesting species I ever received) & you sent me a Sertularia or Plumularia to which they were attached, since returned to you.— I now want extremely, to examine the point of attachment; will you be so kind as to take the trouble to send me the specimen: it will be an essential service to me.—
You told me some time ago that you w
When will the Pal: Soc:
care of G. Snow
My dear Sir | Your's sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1438.f1Scalpellum ornatum from Algoa Bay, South Africa, is described in Living Cirripedia (1851): 244. Bowerbank is thanked for having provided specimens of ‘this extremely interesting species’ and also John Morris, ‘to whom Mr. Bowerbank had given some of the original specimens.’
- f2 1438.f2CD apparently wished to compare the means of attachment of this species with that of Scalpellum vulgare. He believed these cirripedes were specially adapted to enable them to be attached to horny corallines (see Living Cirripedia (1851): 226–8). In the description of S. ornatum (Living Cirripedia (1851): 246) CD stated: ‘The peduncle does not seem to have been attached in any definite position to the horny coralline, as is the case with S. vulgare.’
- f3 1438.f3Thomas Image, geologist and fossil collector. CD thanked him in Fossil Cirripedia (1854): 39 for the opportunity to examine a specimen of Coronula barbara.
- f4 1438.f4CD had already received several copies of Fossil Cirripedia (1851) (see letter to W. B. R. H. Dunker, 5 April ), but the remainder of his author's copies were not available until September (see letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 9 September ). According to the practice of the Palaeontographical Society, the monographs were published as separate numbers of one volume, which appeared annually. Fossil Cirripedia (1851), for example, was number 13 of volume 5, published in June 1851 (Freeman 1977, p. 68). Hence there was a delay between the time an individual monograph was printed and the date the entire volume was available.
- f5 1438.f5The Down parcel-carrier, who made weekly trips to London every Thursday. The Nag's Head Inn, 102 Borough High Street, was the point of departure in London (Post Office London directory 1851).