Has forwarded the horse's tooth, sent by JO, to Huxley, who may be able to identify it.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I received your note & the Horse's tooth about 10 days ago.
Although I have never had any quarrell with Prof. Owen,
he has used such language about me that I can hold no
communication with him. The best which I could do for you
under these circumstances was to send the specimen to Prof.
Huxley, who is quite as able & a more careful observer
than Prof. Owen.— He writes to me that he will do his
best, but he has not much confidence in the case of the
Horse in identification from a single tooth. Unfortunately
he is so incessantly engaged that he has not yet written to
me again: but as soon as I hear, I will at once write to
you.— You do not ask for the return of the tooth, so I
have provisionally deposited in the Museum, where it will
be a valuable addition.— Your own palæontologist Prof.
I am glad to hear that your work will be published this autumn, & I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 6925.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from James Orton, 8 September 1869.
- f2 6925.f2See letter from James Orton, 8 September 1869 and n. 2. For more on the relationship between CD and Richard Owen, see, for example, Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Asa Gray, 25 April 1860.
- f3 6925.f3CD asked Thomas Henry Huxley to examine the horse tooth in his letter of 21 September .
- f4 6925.f4See letter from T. H. Huxley, 28 September 1869.
- f5 6925.f5CD refers to the British Museum.
- f6 6925.f6Joseph Leidy.
- f7 6925.f7The reference is to Orton 1870; see letter from James Orton, 8 September 1869.