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To the Palaeontographical Society   [before 24 February 1854]1

11th. A letter was read from Mr Darwin regarding his proposed Monograph of the Fossil Balanidæ.

Resolved. That Mr Darwin be requested to complete the Fossil Balanidæ of Great Britian for the Society2


The letter has not been found, but it was recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Palaeontographical Society council on 24 February 1854, from which the text given here has been taken.
According to the introduction to Living Cirripedia (1854), CD had not originally intended to prepare a separate volume on the fossil Balanidae for the Palaeontographical Society series. The reason given was that the ‘number of the British fossil species of the Balanidæ and Verrucidæ in a recognisable state is so small, that I do not know whether it will be considered worth while to publish in the Palæontographical series more detailed illustrations than are given in this volume.’ (p. 1 n.).


Letter from CD about a monograph of fossil Balanidae. Resolved that CD be asked to complete the monograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Palaeontographical Society
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1555,” accessed on 20 April 2018,

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