Suggests Englishmen who might provide sponge specimens.
Down, Beckenham, Kent
My dear Häckel
Many thanks for your very kind letter of July 2
Do not forget to say how specimens could be forwarded. The
man who has most specimens is ``J. S. Bowerbank Esq
What an indomitable worker you are!— I hope you will reap the richest reward possible by making more fine discoveries. You will soon be ranked (not that you will care much about that) amongst the few first naturalists in Europe: already I see your works more & more quoted, in England, Italy & U. States.
Once again many thanks for your very pleasant letter & believe me | Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 6850.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 July 1869.
- f2 6850.f2Letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 July 1869.
- f3 6850.f3CD refers to Thomas Henry Huxley, the letter to T. H. Huxley, 9 July , and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 16 July 1869.
- f4 6850.f4See letter to Albany Hancock, 17 July , and letter from Albany Hancock, 25 July 1869 and n. 3.
- f5 6850.f5See letter to A. M. Norman, 29 July , and letter from A. M. Norman, 2 August 1869 and enclosure.
- f6 6850.f6CD refers to James Scott Bowerbank. See also letter from A. M. Norman, 2 August 1869.