Is obliged for the account of the structure of the Pampas specimen and its difference from specimens of the modern calcareous bed of Coquimbo in Chile. If he thinks that J. S. Bowerbank can make out the nature of the specimens, they should be shown to him.
Down | near Bromley | Kent
I am exceedingly obliged to you for your very clear account of the structure of the
Pampas specimen & its difference from the modern calcareous bed of Coquimbo in
Chile.— With your permission I
If you think it worth while to keep the specimens, as an illustration of this, pray be
so kind as to accept them. If you think the appearance of spicula is sufficiently clear
to allow M
Pray accept my best thanks for the truly obliging manner in which you have assisted me. Will you not allow me to repay you by post order for having the specimens cut, & carry on the amount, even though it be small, to assist some one else?
Believe me dear Sir. Yours | very sincerely & obliged | C. Darwin
- f1 803a.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Carpenter, [11 or 18 December 1844], and the letter from W. B. Carpenter, 21 December 1844 (Correspondence vol. 3).
- f2 803a.f2CD had asked Carpenter to examine the specimens mentioned for organic remains (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to W. B. Carpenter, [11 or 18 December 1844]). Carpenter reported his findings in his letter of 21 December 1844.
- f3 803a.f3CD published Carpenter's observations in South America, pp. 76--7.
- f4 803a.f4Carpenter did show the specimens to James Scott Bowerbank, a specialist on sponges (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter from W. B. Carpenter, 5 May 1845).