To J. D. Dana 10 October 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I really do not know how to thank you for your truly magnificent presents. I have just been to London for a few days, & I found at the Geological Society your note of the 4th of May with Dr Owens Report;1 & then on my return home I found arrived your own work on the Crustacea. You will believe me when I say that I fully appreciate the value of a copy on my shelves, when I tell you that copied out many pages, thinking that I shd at some future time wish to refresh my memory on several points.2 I daresay you will before this 〈have〉 received a letter, which some short time ago I wrote (though at the risk of being thought by you rather presumptuous) to express my sincere admiration at this wonderful monument of labour & talent.3
With respect to Dr D. Owen’s work, I have as yet only looked at the wonderfully good illustrations;4 but everyone knows his reputation & I do not doubt I shall find much to interest me.
Accept, my dear Sir, my most cordial thanks, but really I do not deserve such kindness, with every good feeling & wish towards you, pray believe me | Your’s sincerely & gratefully | Charles Darwin
Thanks JDD for copy of his Crustacea [1852–5]
and D. D. Owen’s Report [of a geological survey of Wisconsin, etc. (1852)].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Dana, J. D.
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- Source of text
- Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Dana Family Papers (MS 164) Series 1, Box 2, folder 43)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1534,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1534