To Albany Hancock [31 March or 7 April 1850]1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I send one line to beg you to keep my M.S. as long as ever you like.2 I guessed why you did not write; it was wholly unimportant. I am sorry for the smash; & sorrier the species do not turn out more interesting: it is, however, as you say curious about the Ranges.—3 The Balanus sent (for which many thanks) is the common B. cranchii4 of Brit. Authors; I have never seen it from north of Tenby in S. Wales— I will return it hereafter, if required.— I shd be very glad to see the Greenland Balanus;5 please state when sent whether to be returned; you know I must disarticulate a specimen for examination.
Have you several specimens of the Madeira little pedunc: cirripede (which I named Machairis & have now changed into Oxynaspis)6 & if so, & wd lend or give me one for disarticulation, I shd be very glad, as my specimens are all in utter state of decay & several points of dryed animal remain unexamined by me.— (I have this genus fossil from Chalk.) I mean now to continue at Systematic Part till I have finished,—a period which will arrive, Heaven only knows when.—
Many thanks for your letter In Haste | Yours truly | C. Darwin
AH may keep CD’s MS as long as he likes.
Comments on various cirripede species. "I mean now to continue at Systematic Part till I have finished."
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1316,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1316