Asks to visit RO to talk about mammifers of the [Rio] Plata.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Owen
I am very anxious to have to have ten minutes talk with you, chiefly about the
mammifers of the Plata, & will call on you on Thursday
morning at about ten oclock, if you will excuse so early an hour. If you cannot
see me, perhaps you w
I have commenced your British Fossils with very great interest
Most truly yours | C. Darwin
- f1 959.f1The conjectured date is based on CD's record of having finished reading Owen's British fossil mammals (R. Owen 1846c) on 9 May 1846 (DAR 119; Vorzimmer 1977, p. 135) and on a visit to London recorded in CD's Account Book (Down House MS) on Thursday, 23 April.
- f2 959.f2CD may have sought the interview to go over his summary of ‘Localities within the region of the Pampas where great bones have been found’ (South America, pp. 106–7). See also letter from G. R. Waterhouse, [30 March 1846].
- f3 959.f3R. Owen 1846c. CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL.