To W. B. D. Mantell 5 June [1856–9]1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your kind remembrance of my wish to hear particulars in regard to the iceberg seen by you & I thank you for having sent them to me.—2
I think that you were so kind as to answer fully all my previous questions.—
I am not now at work on Barnacles, but I shall like someday to see at Brit Museum, the specimens to which you refer.—
With many thanks, Pray believe me, My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. | When you return to N. Zealand, I hope that you will kindly remember that the aboriginal rat3 (& the Frog)4 are great desiderata in Natural History.
Thanks WBDM for the particulars on the iceberg.
Will look up the barnacle specimen to which he refers at British Museum.
WBDM should remember when he returns to New Zealand that aboriginal rat and frog are "great desiderata in Natural History".