To Richard Owen [24 February 1849]1
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Owen
I am very obliged for your note & the C. Hunteri:2 the stupid Carrier forgot to call on Thursday, as I ordered him.— He will come on Monday to the College & he will, also, have to call at the Geolog. Soc, which I mention in case of your having sent the specimens there, expecting my attendance at the Anniversary.—3 I have been prevented by being as usual unwell. I have lost for the last 4 or 5 months at least of my time, & I have resolved to go this early summer & spend two months at Malvern & see whether there is any truth in Gully & the water cure: regular Doctors cannot check my incessant vomiting at all.— It will cause a sad delay in my Barnacle work, but if once half-well I cd do more in 6 months than I now do in two years.—
I am quite delighted to hear how effectually you have done Sulivan’s work; I hope you will be rewarded by some treasures.—4
I had already ordered your book on Limbs:5 on a very small scale I have had some pretty homological work with the Cirripedia & now know certainly what the peduncle & shell is.—6
Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
I never heard anything so astounding as the Log-Book of your H.M.S. Diddleus.—7
Thanks RO for his note on Conchoderma hunteri [see Living Cirripedia 1: 153].
Has been very unwell; has lost four-fifths of his time. Will go to Malvern to try the water-cure for his vomiting, which regular doctors cannot cure.
Has done some pretty homological work with cirripedes.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1228,” accessed on 28 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1228