Asks WHF to obtain photographs of skull of ox for J. L. A. Quatrefages de Bréau.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I have been so long familiar with your name, that I trust you will excuse me addressing you, as if we were acquainted.
Several years ago I presented to the College the skull of the Niata Ox. This day I received a letter from M. Quatrefages, asking me, if I possibly could get for him a photograph of this skull, or a cast for the Museum.—
Would it be possible to make so huge a cast & would it not be very expensive? Will you have the great kindness to assist M. Quatrefages & greatly oblige me.—
Do you know any photographer & could you get a photograph (I presume side
& front view would be necessary) made. If you will
take this trouble I sh
My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin.
- f1 4090.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. H. Flower, 15 April 1863.
- f2 4090.f2CD presented a niata skull, collected on the Beagle voyage, to the Royal College of Surgeons in January 1840 (see letter from Armand de Quatrefages, [28 March --] 11 April 1863 and nn. 7 and 8). Flower was curator of the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (DNB).
- f3 4090.f3See letter from Armand de Quatrefages, [28 March --] 11 April 1863. Quatrefages was professor of the natural history of man at the Mus´eum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (DSB). See also letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 14 May .
- f4 4090.f4CD sent photographs of the niata skull to Quatrefages in May (see letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 14 May , and letter from Armand de Quatrefages, 19 May ).