CD thanks OS for answering his questions and especially for giving the case of the sandpiper; "such little facts are my delight". [See 6253.]
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you most sincerely for the great trouble, which you have taken in answering my questions.— Your answers are all perfectly clear & distinct.— I am very glad indeed to hear of the case of the Sandpiper— such little facts are my delight. It will go well with the F. Water Ancylus attached to a Dyticus, & the Balani attached to a Flamingo's feet.—
With cordial thanks, pray believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 6258a.f1See the first enclosure to the letter from Osbert Salvin, 20 June 1868.
- f2 6258a.f2In Origin, p. 386, CD remarked that Charles Lyell had told him of a Dyticus (or Dytiscus: a water-beetle) caught with an Ancylus (a freshwater shell like a limpet) adhering to it. In his letter of 14 August 1863 (Correspondence vol. 11), Robert Swinhoe had written to CD of a flamingo that had its legs covered with barnacles. CD was interested in possible vectors for the distribution of organisms.