Asks to meet RO to get his opinion on zoological points.
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Owen
Will you be so good as to endeavour to give me
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1044.f1The conjectured date is based on an 1847 watermark. During that year CD made frequent visits to London to attend Geological Society council meetings (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix I).
- f2 1044.f2Caroline Owen recorded that CD often called at the Owens' London home for discussions with Richard Owen. On 7 January 1847 she wrote (R. S. Owen 1894, 1: 292):
Mr. Darwin was here very early, before breakfast. He and R. had a long discussion on the subject of R.'s views on osteology and the archetype. After breakfast R. brought out his ‘Broadsheet of Osteology’ [synonyms of bones]. Mr. Darwin quite saw the force of that.