To G. R. Waterhouse 4 March 
Down Farnborough Kent
March 4th —
My dear Waterhouse
I heartily wish your prophecy could be verified. But I have again looked over every single page (not sheet) & positively text is missing.—1 I opened the parcel with my own hands; the Bundle of maps has never been moved from one table in my study, except when I have been studying them in my own, the same room: and it is physically impossible it cd have been mislaid in this House. Have you not lent it some one? or could it have got amongst maps?
I most truly hope that you will succeed in getting a copy;2 & thank you very much for your kind offer of giving me one, if you get several.—
I am very sorry for your troubles about the reversed cones of Mammalia3 &c &c but I am such a brute that I actually hope & expect to live to see Carboniferous, & perhaps Silurian, Mammifers!4
Most truly yours | C. Darwin
I shall remember your explanation of your Province with no Rodents,5 whenever I get the Text; but this very remark of yours did catch my attention when looking at the maps & text in the Athenæum Club; & I was then surprised at it.—
I have several questions to ask you whenever we meet.— I much enjoyed what little we say of each other in London.—
A page of [unspecified] text is missing from a parcel of material received from GRW.
CD "hopes and expects to live to see Carboniferous, & perhaps even Silurian, mammifers!"
Has several questions to ask whenever they meet.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1641,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1641