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.