To W. B. R. H. Dunker 2 June 
Down Farnborough Kent
I received only yesterday (!) your letter with the P.S. dated February 4th , & the valuable Box of Cirripedia. They were delayed, as I am told by Mr Morris, at Bremen. I thank you very sincerely for all your kindness, for your letter written in excellent English, & for the Cirripedia which I have been very glad to see.1 I will hereafter return all named, & add some duplicate species not possessed by you. Your collection however is more correctly named than any I have ever seen, but still there are some errors. The Loander specimen is the true B. tintinnabulum, with a purple var. of B. perforatus adhering to it.—2 B. tintinnabulum presents a vast range of variation.—
Some six weeks since I returned, through Mr Morris all the fossils which you so generously lent me, together with some copies of my small & imperfect monograph of the fossil species;3 & Mr Morris enclosed some Books. We both also wrote to you,4 & are very anxious to know that you have received the parcel safely, will you kindly soon write me a line. I hope to go in a month to press with the recent Lepadidæ or Pedunculated cirripedes, & will send you a copy when it is published. I have also finished about one-third of the Sessile species.
With much respect | Dear Sir | Your’s sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin To | Profr W. Dunker | &c &c &c
Collection of recent cirripedes received. The fossil cirripedes have been returned.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Dunker, W. B. R. H.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 4941 I, 4to)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1431,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1431