To J. J. S. Steenstrup 16 October 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I beg to thank you most sincerely for your magnificent group of your Xenobalanus globicipitis. It so happens that I received a year ago some specimens taken from off a Porpoise north of Madeira,1 & was particularly interested in making out the same affinity to Coronula, as you specify.— From its affinity, also, to Tubicinella, I had called it in M.S. Siphonicella, & unfortunately have so referred to it in my volume going through the press, & in Lyells anniversary address to the Geolog. Soc. of London published last year.2 But as my name was not accompanied with a description, (only its affinities being mentioned) it has no authority. Will you kindly inform me soon where your name Xenobalanus is published,3 that I may put this name in the Corrigenda to my volume?—4
I am, also, much obliged for Reinhardts Paper on the Lithotrya;5 unfortunately I cannot read it, but the Plate is so good that it tells its own story, & first led me to understand the process of boring in Lithotrya.—6
You will, I hope, before this have received back all your valuable fossil specimens. Believe, I shall always feel grateful for the kind confidence you have reposed in me. As soon as my volume is published I will send you a Copy.—7
With sincere respect | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin
May I present some of the specimens of the XenoBalanus to the British Museum?
Thanks him for specimens of Xenobalanus. Discusses systematic relations of the genus.
Comments on paper by J. T. Reinhardt ["Om slaegten Lithotryas", Vidensk. Medd. Naturhist. Foren. Kjobenhavn 2 (1850): 1–8].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Steenstrup, J. J. S.
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- Source of text
- Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1459,” accessed on 29 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1459