To M. E. Lyell [24 October 1849]1
Down. Farnborough. Kent.
Dear Lady Lyell.
I am going to beg a very, very great favour of you— it is to translate one Page (& the title) of either Danish or Swedish or some such language.—2 I know not to whom else to apply & I am quite dreadfully interested about the Barnacles therin described.— Does Lyell know Loven, or his address & title? for I must write to him; if Lyell knows him I wd use his name as introduction; Loven I know by name as a first rate naturalist.3
Accidentally I forgot to give you the “Footsteps”4 which I now return, having ordered a copy for myself.—
I sincerely hope the “Craters of Denudation”5 prosper; I pin my faith to this view. Please tell Sir C. Lyell that outside the crater-like mountains at St. Jago, even throughout a distance of 2 or 3 miles there has been much denudation of the older Volcanic rocks contemporaneous with those of the ring of mountains.6
I hope that you will not find the page troublesome & that you will forgive me asking you.
Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin.
We all young & old are in a very flourishing condition.
Asks MEL to translate page of paper by Sven Lovén ["Ny art af Cirripedia", Ofvers. K. Vetensk. Acad. Forh. Stockholm 1 (1844): 192–4]. CD is "dreadfully interested" in the barnacles [Alepas squalicola] described.
Hopes Charles Lyell’s "craters of Denudation" prosper.