To John Thomas Quekett1 7 September 2
Down Farnborough Kent
I am going to beg of you a great favour. Some years ago I took all my collection of Mollusca in Spirits to Mr Sowerby3 & to the best of his recollection & mine the more interesting forms were all sent to Prof. Owen,4 including many Cirripedia. I formerly spoke to Prof. Owen on the subject The collection was originally in square green glass (or white round) bottles. The specimens are tied up in coarse [rags] with a little tin [DIAG HERE WITHIN TEXT] number to each, by which they could easily be recognised. If you would endeavour to find any such bottle, it would be a very great kindness to me, for it is most mortifying to me to have lost my own Cirripedia, now that I am at work on them.— I hope to be in London in October5 & will then call at the College & look over all your Cirripedia, which you said you would be so good as to look out for me.
I do not know whether you would care for some specimens, but I could give you the larva in the first stage of Scalpellum, in which with my best power I cannot see any striæ in the muscles of the legs.—6
Pray believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
In the second larval condition, the striæ are most plain.—
Asks about collection of mollusc specimens he had lent to Richard Owen.
Asks about seeing cirripede collection of the College.
Comments on larva of Scalpellum.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1114,” accessed on 28 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1114