skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. R. Waterhouse   29 August [1854]

Down Farnborough Kent

Aug 29th

My dear Waterhouse

You let me have some fossil Balani from the mouth of the Indus, about which I cd. make out very little; & they are now returned.— I, also, send all the fossil Cirripedes, which I have been able anyhow to get for the Museum. Though few I hope they will be worth preserving. A few are very rare. A considerable lot was sent me named by M. Bosquet of Maestricht.1 Mr. Woodward knows so much about fossil Cirripedes, that I hope he will see them gummed on.2

My dear Waterhouse | very sincerely yours | C. Darwin List Scalpellum maximum ————— magnum ————— fossula ————— pulchellum Bosquet ————— radiatum do. ————— tuberculatum Pollicipes striatus ———— Darwinianus Bosq ———— glaber do ———— semilatus ———— reflexus Bal. inclusus var. —— concavus. —— bisulcatus —— unguiformis —— porcatus Bal. corrugatus —— varians (Patagonia) —— lævis (var.) Verruca prisca Bosquet

P.S. I have not sent hardly any English fossil Balani, as Mr S. Wood gives his whole collection.3


Joseph Augustin Hubert de Bosquet.
Samuel Pickworth Woodward, assistant in the department of geology and mineralogy at the British Museum and author of a work on recent and fossil shells (Woodward 1851–6).
Searles Valentine Wood had provided specimens which CD described in Fossil Cirripedia (1851) and (1854). Wood’s collection is mentioned in Withers 1928–53, 3: 5.


Fossil Cirripedia (1851): A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ, or, pedunculated cirripedes of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1851.

Withers, Thomas Henry. 1928–53. Catalogue of fossil Cirripedia in the department of geology. 3 vols. London: British Museum (Natural History).

Woodward, Samuel Pickworth. 1851–6. A manual of the Mollusca; or, a rudimentary treatise of recent and fossil shells. 3 pts. London. [Vols. 6,8,9]


Sends fossil cirripedes for the museum’s collection.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Robert Waterhouse
Sent from
Source of text
Natural History Museum (Archives DF PAL/100/7/)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1583,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

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