# From Edward Lumb to J. S. Henslow   2 May 1834

Bs. Ayres

May 2d 18/34

Sir

I beg to enclose you bill of lading for a Case of Specimens of Natural History which by direction of Mr Charles Darwin I forward to you pr. Brig “Basenthwaite” Mitchinson Martin for Liverpool— This Case contains part of the Head of the “Megatherium”—1 I regret that on the passage down the River it should have been broken; previous to this accident the Snout or nose extended 1$\frac{1}{2}$ to two feet more than at present— These are not the bones referred to in the accompanying Letter—2 I expect them down shortly when I shall feel proud in forwarding them to you— Permit me this opportunity of offering my Services to you & to assure you that I shall feel highly gratified if by any Information, or Specimens I can obtain in this Country I can contribute to the advancement of Science in my native land—

My last letter from Mr. Darwin was from the Falkland Islands 30 March; at which time all was well— | I have the honour to be Sir | Your most obt Sert| Edward Lumb

## Footnotes

The cranium was described by Richard Owen in Fossil Mammalia, pp. 16–35, as that of a ‘gigantic extinct mammiferous animal, referrible to the Order Pachydermata, but with affinities to the Rodentia, Edentata, and Herbivorous Cetacea’. Owen named it Toxodon platensis.

## Summary

On CD’s instructions EL has forwarded a case containing part of the head of [Megatherium].

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-244
From
Edward Lumb
To
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
Buenos Ayres
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Physical description
1p (on 216)

## Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 244,” accessed on 26 June 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-244

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1

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