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Letter 6834A

Darwin, C. R. to Hancock, Albany

17 July [1869]

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    Ernst Haeckel is working on calcareous sponges. Does AH have any British specimens that he can spare? [See 6842.]

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Caerdeon, Barmouth | N. Wales

July 17th

My dear Sir

I am going to beg a favour of you, which I know it is a mere chance whether you can grant.— Ernst Häckel is working zealously on Calcareous Sponges, & is now starting for Norway solely to carry out his investigations. He says he is in great want of British specimens; & I know not to whom to apply, nor does Huxley, from whom I heard this morning. Can you spare him any out of your collection? Do not trouble yourself to write unless you can aid us.— I shall be at home ``Down, Beckenham Kent'' last day of this month

Forgive me for asking this favour & believe me with the most sincere respect.

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 6834a.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Albany Hancock, 25 July 1869.
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    f2 6834a.f2
    See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 July 1869.
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    f3 6834a.f3
    CD refers to Thomas Henry Huxley. See letter from T. H. Huxley, 16 July 1869.
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