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From James Scott Bowerbank   1 August 1864

3, Highbury Grove. | London. N

1. 8. 64

My Dear Sir

I cannot find any of my Chalk or Gault policipes any where. Can you help me to find them? I have no recollection about them whatever excepting that you figured some of them.1 If you returned them, how did you return them? To me direct or did you send them to the Geo. Soc?2

I shall be much obliged if you can enlighten me on the subject.

Most truly Yours | J. S. Bowerbank

C. Darwin Esqr &c—


CD had borrowed specimens of the barnacle genus Pollicipes from Bowerbank while preparing his monographs on the Cirripedia (see Correspondence vol. 4, letters to J. S. Bowerbank, 19 January [1850] and [8 March 1850]). Bowerbank is cited as a source of Pollicipes specimens from the Chalk and Gault deposits in Fossil Cirripedia (1851), pp. 54, 62–5, and 73–7. CD had sent some of the specimens to James de Carle Sowerby for illustration (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. de C. Sowerby, [12 or 19 August 1850], and letter to J. S. Bowerbank, 10 September [1850]). The illustrations are in Fossil Cirripedia (1851), plate 3, figures 4 and 10, and plate 4, figures 1 and 7.
CD’s reply has not been found. Bowerbank had been a fellow of the Geological Society of London since 1832 (List of the Geological Society of London).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Fossil Cirripedia (1851): A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ, or, pedunculated cirripedes of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1851.

List of the Geological Society of London. London: [Geological Society of London]. 1864–1934.


Cannot find his Chalk or Gault formation Pollicipes. Inquires how CD sent these back.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Scott Bowerbank
Charles Robert Darwin
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London, Highbury Grove, 3
Source of text
DAR 160: 262
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4580,” accessed on 6 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12