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Letter 1044

Darwin, C. R. to Owen, Richard

[1847?]

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    Asks to meet RO to get his opinion on zoological points.

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Down Farnborough | Kent

Sunday

My dear Owen

Will you be so good as to endeavour to give me 12 an hour on Tuesday between 12 past 12 & 12 past one oclock. It will be a great kindness, as I am most anxious for your opinion on a few zoological points.

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 1044.f1
    The 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).
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    Caroline 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.
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