To James Dwight Dana 9 September 1
Down Farnboro’ Kent
My dear Sir
You will possibly have been surprised at my not having sooner thanked you for your very kind & valuable letter of the 18th of February2 (proh pudor!) & for the Acasta-like Balanus3 which did not arrive for some time after your letter. But I expected to have had three or four months ago a copy of my Fossil Lepadidæ to send you, but I have been much delayed in receiving these copies, & only got them a few days ago.4 And now, I am correcting the proof-sheets of my volumeon the recent Lepadidæ,5 so that I will wait for a month or two, till I have a copyof this to send with the other to you, & to a few other kind American correspondents.—6
Your Acasta looks a very curious species & I almost think new Genus, but I have not as yet examined it, for I make most snail-like progress in whatever I do. I should think more thought passed through your head, & words from your pen, in one day, than in ten through mine.— My weak health is partly my excuse.—
In the Spring I saw Abich,7 who has just returned from the Caucasus, where he has been studying inter alia the extinct volcanos; & he told Sir C. Lyell, that there were many points he was never able to understand, until reading your admirable Chapters on the Sandwich Islands.—8
I sincerely hope that you are well, & that your mutifarious & valuable labours are all progressing successfully.—
Dear Sir | Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin
Thanks him for letter and Balanus specimen.
Acasta is curious; may be a new genus.
Is sending copy [of Fossil Cirripedia 1]. Correcting proofs [of Living Cirripedia 1].
Mentions comment by Hermann Abich on JDD’s chapters on the Sandwich Islands [in Geology (1849)].
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- James Dwight Dana
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 43)
- Physical description