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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. A. Gould   8 April [1850]1

Down Farnborough Kent

April 8th.

My dear Sir

I write one line to say how sorry I am that I troubled you with a former letter; for on calling yesterday at Mr Cumings I found there a parcel for me from you. Mr Cuming was ill when it arrived & the servant laid it aside & it was found only the other day.— I am very much obliged for this fresh proof of your kindness.— In your note, you speak of a Coronula being enclosed; such, I am sorry to say was not in the parcel & I am quite unable to account for its loss. The parcel contained only a fine large Balanus. Mr Dana gave me some hopes that you possessed some species of Scalpellum.—

Pray accept my apologies & thanks & believe | me dear Sir in Haste | Yours sincerely obliged | C. Darwin


The reference in the letter to CD’s wish to see species of Scalpellum indicates a date of 1850, the period during which he was preparing descriptions of this genus for Living Cirripedia (1851). CD was in London to attend a council meeting of the Geological Society on 10 April (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I), which might be the occasion on which he visited Hugh Cuming.


Parcel from AAG containing cirripede specimens has been received by CD from Hugh Cuming.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Augustus Addison Gould
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Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 228)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1320,” accessed on 17 January 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4