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DCP-LETT-1301

To Robert Fitch   [5 February 1850]

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My dear Sir

Amongst the specimens first sent, there is one embedded with its back downwards, presenting a concavity upwards: it is in present state absolutely & utterly useless every character is hidden: if you like, I will soak it & clear chalk off— But do not say yes, without you would like it, for I have not the least idea what the valve is, it may be new or it may be old.—& nothing will ever be known about it in its present state.—

I have well exhibited the additional side to the carina, which you granted me permission to do, & it is now the best specimen which I have seen & I will have it figured.—1 I have just made out a quite new beautiful & distinct species of Pollicipes out of the lot last sent2 The species are very numerous—for in Mr Flower of Croydon’s3 small collection I have found two other new & distinct species of Scalpellum from Chalk.—4

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin Down Farnborough Kent

Tuesday.— P.S. I have opened this note to thank you very sincerely for your renewed proof of your kindness in your letter just received.—5

Footnotes

1
The specimen referred to in letter to Robert Fitch, 15 January [1850].
2
The species CD later named Pollicipes angelini.
3
John Wickham Flower.
4
The two species described from Flower’s collection were Scalpellum trilineatum and S. arcuatum (Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 38, 40; Trenn 1974, p. 482 n. 97).
5
Fitch apparently offered to send CD some more specimens (see letter to Robert Fitch, [6 February 1850]).

Summary

Asks permission to clean specimen. Describes research on cirripedes.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1301
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Fitch, Robert
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Norwich Castle
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1301,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1301

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