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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Augustus Addison Gould   2 June [1851]

Down Farnborough Kent

June 2d.

Dear Sir

I received yesterday your note of the 9th of April, & the small box of California cirripaedia1 sent me through Mr Cuming.2 I beg to thank you very sincerely for this new proof of your kind remembrance.—

I crawl slowly on with my work: I have published my Fossil Lepoedidae,3 & will soon send you a copy. I shall in a month’s time go to press with the recent Lepedidae or pedunculated Cirripedes, & I have worked through half the Fossil Cirripaedes—

I will keep all your specimens together, & ultimately return them named in one parcel—

Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerly obliged | Charles Darwin


Balanus concavus, B. nubilus, and B. glandulus (Living Cirripedia (1854): 235, 253, 265) are listed as Californian specimens from Gould’s collection. Many other specimens described in both volumes of Living Cirripedia were provided by Gould.
Hugh Cuming, who had also supplied CD with many specimens from his own collection of Cirripedia. CD had first asked Gould for specimens in 1848 (Correspondence vol. 4, letter to A. A. Gould, 3 September [1848]).
A few copies of Fossil Cirripedia (1851) were available to CD in April, but he did not receive the rest of his copies until September. The copyist of this letter obviously had difficulty with CD’s handwriting and misspelled the names of the Cirripedia.


Thanks for cirripede specimens. Describes progress [on Living Cirripedia].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Augustus Addison Gould
Sent from
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (Augustus A. Gould papers, 1831–66 MS Am 1210: 227)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1430,” accessed on 24 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5