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DCP-LETT-6258A

To Osbert Salvin   23 June [1868]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 23d

My dear Sir

I thank you most sincerely for the great trouble, which you have taken in answering my questions.— Your answers are all perfectly clear & distinct.— I am very glad indeed to hear of the case of the Sandpiper—1 such little facts are my delight. It will go well with the F. Water Ancylus attached to a Dyticus, & the Balani attached to a Flamingo’s feet.—2

With cordial thanks, pray believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
See the first enclosure to the letter from Osbert Salvin, 20 June 1868.
2
In Origin, p. 386, CD remarked that Charles Lyell had told him of a Dyticus (or Dytiscus: a water-beetle) caught with an Ancylus (a freshwater shell like a limpet) adhering to it. In his letter of 14 August 1863 (Correspondence vol. 11), Robert Swinhoe had written to CD of a flamingo that had its legs covered with barnacles. CD was interested in possible vectors for the distribution of organisms.

Summary

CD thanks OS for answering his questions and especially for giving the case of the sandpiper; "such little facts are my delight". [See 6253.]

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6258A
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Salvin, Osbert
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6258A,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6258A

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