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To J. A. H. de Bosquet   19 January [1854]

Down, Farnborough, Kent.

Jan. 19th

My dear Sir

I am sincerely sorry to have given you so much trouble in vain: it was folly in me to doubt for one minute any identification made by one so thoroughly master of the subject, as yourself. There can be no doubt that fig. 6 is a fixed tergum:1 but what quite misled me was, that this valve has one of its arms or projections quite broken off; and as this broken off arm if whole would have been very visible in the position in which it is figured, I thought it could not be a fixed Tergum. But now I understand all about it, and am very sorry for the trouble I have caused: I hope the specimen will get back safe.

I shall be delighted to receive your work when complete.2 I have now finished your MS. and I really cannot too strongly express how excellent your descriptions and Plates appear to me. It is extremely gratifying to me to see how carefully you have studied my work;3 it rewards all the pains, which I have bestowed on the subject.

With every feeling of respect and thankfulness for all your many kindnesses. I remain, in Haste, Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin.


Bosquet 1854.
CD had sent the first two Cirripedia volumes, Living Cirripedia (1851) and Fossil Cirripedia (1851), to Bosquet in December 1852 (letter to J. A. H. de Bosquet, 17 December [1852]).


Further comments on JAHdeB’s MS.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Augustin Hubert de Bosquet
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Source of text
DAR 143: 130
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1548,” accessed on 15 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5