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.