To Richard Owen 17 July 1
Down Farnborough Kent
I will forward by this post the correspondence to Capt. Nelson.2 I have told him that an abstract will certainly (as I presume) appear which I hope will in some degree satisfy him.—
I cannot tell you how much gratified I am at what you say about the Cirripedia. I really feel rewarded for more labour than you would readily believe it possible could have been bestowed on the work. I have, however, made a mess of it for I got so frightened at the thoughts of all the sessile species, that I have not illustrated & given in nearly detail enough my anatomical work, which is the only part of the work which has really interested me.3 I find the mere systematic part infinitely tedious. I can, however, honestly state that all that I have said on the males of Ibla & Scalpellum is the result of the most careful & repeated observations.4 If I am ever proved wrong in it, I shall be surprised.5 But my pen is running away with me,—it is your fault for I have been so much pleased with what you say.
Making out the homologies of the shell & external parts of Cirripedes,6 as I fully believe correctly, (and I am glad to say that Dana admits the view)7 gave me great satisfaction— But I must not bore you with my triumph—
I have been very seldom in London for the last year, when I was last there, I called at the College to see you, but you were just gone out.8
Pray believe me in a great state of triump, pride vanity, conceit &c &c &c
Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
Gratified by what RO says about his book [Living Cirripedia, vol. 1 (1851)]. The anatomical work is the only part he is really interested in; finds the "mere systematic part infinitely tedious"; but will be surprised if he is ever proved wrong on the males of Ibla and Scalpellum.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Owen, Richard
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- Source of text
- Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 188)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1484,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1484