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From J. G. Forchhammer1   [15 November 1849]2

My dear Sir.

With the steamer Camilla which left Copenhagen some days ago, I have sent to You all the fossil peduncalated Cirrhipedes which our collection contains and inclosed You will find a letter from Prof. Steenstrup3 which will tell You about the changes which he thinks proper to make in his former destinctions. I have not separated those specimens which I could give You for Your own collection and I should be obliged to You if You would return them all with Your names; specifiing which of them You should wish for Your own collection.


The letter has been transcribed from Forchhammer’s copy book (Copiebog 2).
The date is taken from a note on the copy: ‘(Chas Darwin) 15, Nov 1849.’
Johannes Japetus Smith Steenstrup’s letter has not been found.


Has sent all the fossil pedunculated cirripedes in the Copenhagen collection, together with a letter from Johannes Steenstrup concerning changes he believes are needed in the descriptions.

Letter details

Letter no.
Johan Georg Forchhammer
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
University of Copenhagen, Mineralogical Museum Archives
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1270,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4