Admires JDD's work on Crustacea, corals, and geology.
Commends young John Lubbock to his attention. Hopes JDD can give him encouragement; if he can resist his "great wealth, business, and rank, he may do good work in Natural History".
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Pray forgive my troubling you: but my neighbour M
Forgive my presuming to estimate your labours, but when I think that this work has followed your Corals & your Geology, I am really lost in astonishment at what you have done in mere labour. And then, besides the labour, so much originality in all three works! I only hope that your health has withstood such labour; it frightens me to think of it.—
You will have seen my friend & neighbour, M
I hope myself to go to press in a month's time with my last vol. on the Cirripedia: I have got 30 Plates engraved, & shall be very glad to have finished it.—
Pray do not think for one moment of answering this for there is nothing to answer in it: but excuse my troubling you & believe me with the highest respect. | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1533.f1Dana 1852–3; the Atlas did not appear until 1855. See letter to J. D. Dana, 25 November , in which CD stated his intention to borrow John Lubbock's copy. In his reading notebook (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 6), CD recorded on 20 September 1853 having completed ‘Dana's Crustacea’.
- f2 1533.f2The last section of part two of Dana 1852–3 is entitled ‘On the geographical distribution of Crustacea’. This was also printed as a separate volume in 1853. Unknown to CD, Dana had already sent him a copy of this work (Dana 1853), which arrived in Down by 10 October (letter to J. D. Dana, 10 October ). This copy of Dana 1853, annotated by CD, is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
- f3 1533.f3Dana prepared three reports for the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838–42: Zoophytes (1848), which included corals; Geology (1849), including his observations on the formation of coral reefs and islands; and the monograph on Crustacea (1852–3).
- f4 1533.f4John Lubbock published a series of papers in 1853 on new genera and sub-genera of the Calanidae (see letter to J. D. Dana, 25 November , n. 10).
- f5 1533.f5CD refers to Living Cirripedia (1854), which contains thirty plates. Proofs were not ready until February 1854 (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I). CD was also preparing Fossil Cirripedia (1854).