A specimen of Machairodus offered for sale by F. J. Muñiz.
Discusses possible publication in England of paper by Muñiz describing the skeleton.
Sends pamphlet on scarlatina in the Pampas.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Owen
Our last letters crossed on the road, & I deferred writing again to say how
vexed I was to have caused you so much trouble in vain (though innocently, for it was
not possible to suppose from Munizs letter to me, that he wished to sell his specimens)
until I could send you a translation, (made by a M
My second object in wishing you to read it, is to have your opinion, whether any portion could appear in the Geolog. Journal, as a Translation, or in Taylor's Journal; I am very doubtful about it, from the loose manner in which it appears to me drawn up, & from the Translator not being an anatomist. Would the table of measurements do to publish? If so, would you mark any portions, & add any note saying whether it is the Machairodus & how far the remains are more perfect than any hitherto found.— My sole reason for wishing this, is that I think it would greatly encourage Muniz in his search; & a S. American osteologist is a prodigy in nature.
I fear you will have some little difficulty in making out the paper: I send the original Spanish, which please not to throw away.—
I trust to your interest in the subject, for forgiveness for all this trouble.— What a grand object a mounted Machairodus would be by the side of a Tiger's skeleton!
Believe me | Most sincerely yours | C. Darwin
P.S. | The pamplet on Scarlatina I send to your Library; it may perhaps be worth depositing; some one working on fevers might someday be glad to see an account of the ravages of the Scarlet Fever in the Pampas.—
- f1 938.f1Dated on the basis of the letter to F. J. Muñiz, 26 February 1847. CD did not return from Shrewsbury until Friday, 5 March, so 6 March is the earliest possible date for this letter.
- f2 938.f2See letter to Richard Owen, 12 February , n. 3.
- f3 938.f3A note, possibly by Charles Davis Sherborn, Owen's executor, on a typewritten copy of this letter in DAR 147 states: |cil2cir1| Muniz's original letter is not in my collection but a later one is, from which I gather that 100 was offered, but Muniz wanted more, and asked for another offer. This second letter is dated 2 June 1853 & is written to D
rJ W Mackenna | (Francis Xavier Muniz.)
- f4 938.f4Richard Taylor's Annals and Magazine of Natural History. No translation of Muñiz's letter was published (see letter to F. J. Muñiz, 26 February 1847, n. 4).
- f5 938.f5Muñiz 1844.