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To James Hilton?   25 October [1851?]1

Oct 25th.

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your kind offer of the Cirripeda from the Northern Atlantic. But I have examined so many specimens from these seas, without finding anything new, that really I do not think it worth troubling you to send the specimen in question.—

The number of specimens attached to floating timber are but few, & I think that they are all perfectly well known.— I am,, however, not the less obliged to you for your very kind offer of assistance

I beg to remain | Your obliged & obed. servant | Charles Darwin

J. Hilton Esqre


The year and correspondent are conjectured from the letter’s being tipped into a copy of Living Cirripedia (1851) that bears the inscription ‘James Hilton’.


Thanks for offer of Cirripedia specimens from the Northern Atlantic, but has seen so many that he does not need more.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Hilton
Source of text
Stowe Collection, Stowe School Library (tipped into Living Cirripedia (1851); STO 5/45)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1459F,” accessed on 4 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)