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To C. S. Bate   7 July [1853]

Down Bromley Kent

July 7th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your note. Your discovery of Alcippe lampas is a very interesting one; & I shall gladly quote you for its discovery.1

Many thanks for your continued endeavour to discover Verruca on limestone: shd. you succeed, by chance, during the next 2 or 3 months, it wd. be in time; & wd. be a valuable assistance to me.—2

I have lately been having drawings made to illustrate the Pupal stage of the larva of Lepas; & I have ventured to have copies made from two of your drawings, just to illustrate the earlier stages. I shall give them as copied from you;3 & I did not go through the form of asking your permission, as I felt sure you would accord it.—

I hope that your professional engagements allow you time to continue your Natural History pursuits.—4

With many thanks | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


CD had asked Bate to collect specimens of Verruca from Devonshire for him (see letter to C. S. Bate, 10 January [1853]). CD was anxious to have such specimens because he hoped to confirm his hypothesis that Verruca burrowed into the surfaces to which it was attached by means of a solvent which acted only on calcareous matter. Bate was apparently able to find specimens (see letter to C. S. Bate, 30 August [1853], and Living Cirripedia (1854): 514).
Bate 1851 (see Living Cirripedia (1854): 104 and Plate XXIX, figs. 8 and 9).
Bate, a dentist by profession, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1861 for his work on Crustacea (DNB).


Bate, Charles Spence. 1851. On the development of the Cirripedia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 2d ser. 8: 324–32.

DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.

Living Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Balanidæ (or sessile cirripedes); the Verrucidæ, etc. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1854.


Will quote CSB on discovery of Alcippe lampas.

Hopes CSB continues to look for Verruca on limestone.

Discusses use of CSB’s larvae illustrations [for Living Cirripedia].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Spence Bate
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1521,” accessed on 3 June 2023,

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