To Sven Lovén 12 November 1849
Down Farnborough Kent
Nov. 12. 1849
I hope that your kindness & well-known zeal for Natural History will induce you to forgive the liberty I take in writing to you.—
I have for some time been employed on a monograph, anatomical & systematic on the recent & fossil Cirripedia.— My materials are good, having the collection of the British Museum, Jardin des Plantes & many private collections including those of Cuming, Agassiz, & Aug. Gould of the United States &c.— I also collected many species in my Voyage round the world in H.M.S. Beagle. I am anxious to make my monograph, as perfect as I can by industry.
I have read a short, but most interesting paper by you on the Alepas squalicola.1 You would confer the greatest possible favour & kindness on me if you could spare me a specimen,2 in order that I might examine into some points not referred to by you.— I have dissected two species of Alepas, & it is certain that your A. squalicola must form a new genus; if you will give me a generic name, I will quote it as your suggestion.3 If you can so far oblige me, the specimen had better be sent thus directed.
C. Darwin Esq 7. Park St Grosvenor SquareLondon
You cannot imagine how grateful I should feel for a specimen.—
Not knowing certainly your address, I have enclosed this to Prof: Forchammer of Copenhagen, who is kindly going to send me specimens.—4
I beg to remain Sir, with feelings of the highest admiration for your labours in Natural History, | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin
My address for a letter is given at the head of this note.
To make his monograph on cirripedes complete, would appreciate a specimen of Alepas squalicola, which CD is sure is a new genus.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1269,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1269