To J. E. Gray 5 [or 6] February 18481
Down Farnborough Kent
Feb 5. /48/
My dear Gray
I beg that you will take the first fitting opportunity to lay before the Trustees my most sincere acknowledgment of the great honour they have done me in entrusting to my care the collection of the Cirripedia, for the purpose of disarticulating & mounting the soft parts in spirits of one specimen of each species & of naming & describing the collection.2
I beg to assure them, as far as my utmost endeavours can insure the result, their confidence shall not be ill-placed. I hope to add many new species to the Collection from my own & several private collections already handed over to me.—
Allow me to repeat to you my thanks for your kind & generous assistance.
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin To | J. E. Gray Esqre —
Thanks the Trustees of the British Museum for entrusting to him the collection of Cirripedia and allowing him to disarticulate one specimen of each species.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1153,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1153