Discusses Alcippe. Asks to borrow specimens. Would like to hire fishermen to collect specimens.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I write in a hurry to catch to days post to beg a favour & to apologise. For
the former first: I have been deeply interested by Alcippe, though I have not
added much to your excellent description, excepting perhaps on
the homologies as compared with other cirripedes of the several parts. I am almost driven mad by its generative system,
& I write to ask whether you have any dry shells with Alcippe you
Now for apologies,—can you forgive me when I tell you that I have cut up all the specimens you lent me? I fear I have been unreasonable, but I have trusted to the extreme kindness you have shown me in all your correspondence. Will you forgive me?
Yours very truly | In Haste | C. Darwin
Alcippe has no relation to my burrowing S. American little cirripede.
- f1 1498.f1A. Hancock 1849.
- f2 1498.f2Living Cirripedia (1854): 538–9.
- f3 1498.f3CD was apparently beginning to suspect that Alcippe, like Ibla and Scalpellum, was not hermaphrodite. He found no external male organs in his specimens and also discovered that each had minute parasites attached to them. See Living Cirripedia (1854): 555.
- f4 1498.f4See letter to Albany Hancock, 10 February .
- f5 1498.f5Arthrobalanus (Cryptophialus minutus). CD had long believed that Alcippe and Arthrobalanus were allied owing to the similarity in the number and position of their cirri and in their habits (see Collected papers 1: 250 and Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Albany Hancock, [21 September 1849]). Because of this belief he had deferred examining Alcippe until he was finished with the common cirripedes. For a discussion of their differences, see Living Cirripedia (1854): 563–6.