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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Richard Owen   10 September [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

Sept 10th

My dear Sir

You are aware that I have been employed for a considerable time on a Monograph on the Cirripedia.— There is a species in the Museum of the College, which I am particularly anxious to describe namely the Balanus glacialis: to do this it is indispensable to disarticulate one small specimen;— Could you oblige me by laying this request before the governing Body?

I would of course return the valves of the one specimen disarticulated, if I gain permission.

Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin To | Professor Owen | &c &c &c


Asks to borrow specimen of Balanus glacialis from the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. It will be necessary to disarticulate it, but CD will return the valves to the Museum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Owen
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Source of text
Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/199)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1356,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

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