Informs JSH that a Spanish friend has offered him a cargo of bones. If they arrive, he has arranged with Edward Lumb to forward them to JSH. [Forwarded to JSH with 244.]
My dear Henslow
A Spanish friend in Entre Rios has promised to send me a cargo of Bones; if they do
arrive here: M
Believe me Yours most truly obliged | Charles Darwin
Specimens of Natural History
- f1 216.f1CD left this letter with Edward Lumb to be forwarded with the cargo of bones to which it refers. The letter was not despatched until 2 May 1834, when Lumb wrote to Henslow telling him that a case of specimens with part of the head of a `Megatherium' was being forwarded to him. That shipment, however, was not the one referred to in this letter, but another, containing a specimen found later in 1833. From Lumb's letter of 8 May 1834, it appears that the `Spanish friend' is `M
rHooker'. The cargo of bones has not been traced, though Lumb expected it to arrive soon after 2 May 1834.