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To A. A. Gould   2 June [1851]1

Down Farnborough Kent

June 2d.

Dear Sir

I received yesterday your note of the 9th. of April, & the small box of Californian cirripedia2 sent me through Mr. Cuming.3 I beg to thank you very sincerely for this new proof of your kind remembrance.—

I crawl slowly on with my work: I have published my Fossil Lepadidæ,4 & will soon send you a copy. I shall in a month’s time go to press with the recent Lepadidae or pedunculated Cirripedes, & I have worked through half the Sessile Cirripedes.—

I will keep all your specimens together, & ultimately return them named in one parcel.

Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to CD’s Fossil Cirripedia (1851) (see n. 4, below). This letter was previously published from a copy in Correspondence vol. 5.
Balanus concavus, B. nubilus, and B. glandulus (Living Cirripedia (1854), pp. 235, 253, 265) are listed as Californian specimens from Gould’s collection. Many other specimens described in both volumes of Living Cirripedia were provided by Gould.
Hugh Cuming had also supplied CD with many specimens from his own collection of Cirripedia. CD had first asked Gould for specimens in 1848 (Correspondence vol. 4, letter to A. A. Gould, 3 September [1848]).
A few copies of Fossil Cirripedia (1851) were available to CD in April, but he did not receive the rest of his copies until September (Correspondence vol. 5, letter to W. B. R. H. Dunker, 5 April [1851], and letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 9 September [1851]).


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.

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.


Thanks for cirripede specimens. Describes progress [on Living Cirripedia].

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1430,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

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