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To Osbert Salvin   23 June [1868]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 23d

My dear Sir

I thank you most sincerely for the great trouble, which you have taken in answering my questions.— Your answers are all perfectly clear & distinct.— I am very glad indeed to hear of the case of the Sandpiper—1 such little facts are my delight. It will go well with the F. Water Ancylus attached to a Dyticus, & the Balani attached to a Flamingo’s feet.—2

With cordial thanks, pray believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

See the first enclosure to the letter from Osbert Salvin, 20 June 1868.
In Origin, p. 386, CD remarked that Charles Lyell had told him of a Dyticus (or Dytiscus: a water-beetle) caught with an Ancylus (a freshwater shell like a limpet) adhering to it. In his letter of 14 August 1863 (Correspondence vol. 11), Robert Swinhoe had written to CD of a flamingo that had its legs covered with barnacles. CD was interested in possible vectors for the distribution of organisms.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Summary

CD thanks OS for answering his questions and especially for giving the case of the sandpiper; "such little facts are my delight". [See 6253.]

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6258A
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Osbert Salvin
Sent from
Down
Postmark
JU24 | 68
Source of text
Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6258A,” accessed on 19 September 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6258A.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16

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