Discusses fossil bones found in Australia by Mr Isaac. Suggests they be sent to Richard Owen.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Holland,
I am much obliged for your friendly note and interesting enclosure.— I have
by no means forgotten our short but pleasant intercourse at Cambridge & some few
rides and excursions together. When I was in Cambridge some five years ago, I made
enquiries after M
The fossil bones discovered by M
Pray give my kind compliments to M
- f1 970.f1Dated from the reference to a visit to Cambridge ‘some five years ago’ (‘Journal’, May 1838; Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II) and the letter's mourning border (Josiah Wedgwood II died on 12 July 1843). A reference to a watermark of 1845 in the John Howell catalogue description of this letter is probably an error for 1843. See also n. 4, below.
- f2 970.f2A guide and vendor of specimens to Cambridge undergraduate entomologists (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter to W. D. Fox, [15 March 1829]).
- f3 970.f3Frederick Neville Isaac, possibly a relative of Holland's wife, Sophia Isaac. Isaac had settled in the Darling Downs, Queensland, an area rich in fossils (see Aurousseau, ed. 1968, 2: 745, 768–9).
- f4 970.f4Isaac did eventually send an account of Australian fossils to Richard Owen dated 5 July 1845 (British Museum (Natural History) Owen Collection, Letters). Owen (1877–8, p. 240) also refers to fossils found by Isaac in 1849.