To James Scott Bowerbank [January–August 1848]1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I received your note yesterday & the Box from the Geological2 this morning. I thank you cordially for your real kindness in making me so valuable a present. The Acasta’s or sponge Balani3 are extraordinarily fine ones & I shall now be able to make well out the structure of the shell in that genus, which I was wishing to do & was regretting some time since, that I had only the little British Species.4
But the prize in the set in an old shabby looking Balanus, which I feel almost sure will turn out quite a new genus & a very interesting one, as throwing light on some other genera.5
Should you receive any sponges in Spirits, pray do not forget how valuable a large Acasta in the wet state would be to me.
Thank you for telling me about the Barnacle at the Coll. of Surgeons,6 but unfortunately I am not in the least acquainted with Mr Quecket:7 do you know him well, & if so, would you object to mention my intention of making a monograph of the Cirripedia: anything from N. Zealand has a good chance of being interesting.8
With many thanks | Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin J. S. Bowerbank.
Thanks him for Balanus specimens. Comments on his findings. A large Acasta in the wet state would be valuable. Asks JSB to mention his work to J. T. Quekett at the College of Surgeons.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1045,” accessed on 24 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1045