To J. D. Dana 25 May 1
Down Bromley Kent.
My dear Sir
Although I have nothing particular to say I must thank you for all the trouble you have so kindly taken in answering my question on the relation of Arctic & Antarctic Crustacea as fully as the present state of knowledge permits.2 I was very curious on the point, otherwise I would not have troubled you. And indeed I have been many times very troublesome to you, & you have invariably received my letters of enquiry in the kindest manner.
How the U. States are going ahead in Natural History! I had not heard of the late expedition, though I had heard of Mr Stimpson before: indeed he formerly sent me some cirripedes.3 Prof. Huxley has lately been working on the homologies of Crustacea, & has come to some important differences with Milne Edwards: he has published an outline in some Lectures in a Medical Journal, but I suppose will soon publish in extenso.—4
My neighbour J. Lubbock is working on the anatomy of the larvæ of Diptera, & has made most minute & beautiful drawings of their muscular system:5 I wish he had more time & he would do good work. As I sometimes tell him, he is a case of the “pursuit of knowledge under riches”, which seems as great a drawback as poverty.6 I am glad Lyell has sent you his supplement, for it strikes me as full of remarkable facts.7
Farewell—Floreat Scientia—with very sincere thanks for all your kindness.
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
Thanks him for information concerning Crustacea.
Comments on natural history study in the U. S.
Mentions work done by Huxley on Crustacea ["Description of a new crustacean", J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 13 (1857): 363–9];
John Lubbock on larvae of Diptera.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- James Dwight Dana
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- Source of text
- Yale University Library: Manuscripts and Archives (Silliman Family Papers (MS 450) Box 19, folder 25)
- Physical description