To John Price 29 November [1842–55]1
Down | Bromley | Kent
I shd have answered your letter of the 12th sooner, had I not lately been much engaged.— I am sorry to say that I am not likely to be able to assist you in the manner you point out, as I do not happen to know any schoolmaster in this part of the country.2
Nor can I answer your Zoological question, but I shd suppose your two Serpulæ were distinct: it is now certainly known, that animals of quite distinct species & even genera, inhabit & form serpula-shells, which in external form are indistinguishably alike.3
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Price, John
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (BANC MSS 74/78 z)
- Physical description
Not able to assist JP as he knows no schoolmaster in the area.
Cannot answer zoological question but thinks the two Serpulae are distinct.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1786,” accessed on 2 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1786