To George Newport 24 July 
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Sir
Your kindness some two or three years ago in showing me your manner of dissecting1 induces me to believe, that you would be willing to oblige, me, if it be in your power, by lending me one of your old pair scissors sharpened by yourself, & adapted for the finest dissections, in order that I may shame Mess Weiss & Co2 to endeavour to make me an equally good pair, (but to open with a spring & mounted with one arm long, for I have in vain endeavoured to cut in the wonderful manner I saw you do with one elbow pointed to the sky); for an eminent cutter ought to be able to make as good an article as you: Weiss has made me two pair, but they are very poor articles.
Very shortly after I spent that extremely interesting morning with you,3 my health quite gave way & for many months I did nothing, since then I have been greatly restored, but have found the excitement of London so injurious, that I have seldom come up;4 had it not been for this, I shd have ventured to have intruded myself on you again.—
I have at last finished my last page of M.S. on the pedunculated Cirripedia for the Ray Soc: will you tell me,whether you are member,5 for if you are not, I hope you will let me send you a copy, when published as if some small part of my volume should interest you, & some half dozen other naturalists in Europe of your class, I shd be amply repaid for my long continued & often interrupted labours.—
Pray understand that if you have not an old pair of scissors, which you can spare for a week or fortnight, on no account whatever think of sending them: in case you can, they would not be too heavy, (well protected) for the Post.—
I hope you will forgive me for asking this favour, & believe me | My dear Sir | Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. I ask in fact for another naturalist, as well as myself, namely John Lubbock,6 the eldest son of Sir John, my neighbour, who has taken a passion for dissecting & whom I have often told of your skill & your scissors,—alas, I fear the skill has more to do with success, than the scissors.—
I hope that your health is good: it was not quite so, when I saw you.—
Asks to borrow an old pair of GN’s dissecting scissors so that Weiss & Co. can use it as a model.
Health has been poor.
Has finished MS on pedunculated cirripedes for Ray Society [Living Cirripedia, vol. 1 (1851)].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1445,” accessed on 27 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1445