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To John Richardson   4 November [1851]1

Down Farnboro’ Kent

Novr. 4th.

My dear Sir John

I have received the Cirripedes all safely, & am very much obliged for your kindness.—2

They shall in a few weeks be returned with their names.— They will be valuable to me, as giving Ranges.—3 I am ashamed to trouble you, but will you kindly sometime tell me (if you can) where “Assistance Bay” [1 word illeg] [whence] Mr Sutherland’s specimens come.—4 I can find no such place in my Gazeteer.— The species [2 lines illeg]


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Richardson, 30 December [1851] (this volume, Supplement), and by the reference to Peter Cormack Sutherland’s specimens, which he brought back from his Arctic expedition in 1851 (see Sutherland 1852).
CD thanked Richardson for specimens and information in Living Cirripedia (1851), p. 10. Richardson returned from a search for John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition in 1849 (ODNB).
In Living Cirripedia (1854), CD referred to Richardson’s specimens of Cirripedia to demonstrate the habitat range of Balanus porcatus (p. 258); he referred to specimens found by Sutherland to show the range of B. crenatus (p. 261), B. porcatus (p. 257), and B. balanoides (p. 272). Balanus porcatus is now B. balanus; B. balanoides is now Semibalanus balanoides.
Assistance Bay is off Barrow Straight, Nunavut, Canada. Sutherland made collections there of zoological, botanical, and geological specimens (Sutherland 1852, 2: 284).

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Richardson
Source of text
J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (26–7 June 2007)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1267F,” accessed on 17 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)