To Richard Owen [28 December 1837]
36 Grt. Marlbro’ St—
My dear Owen.
Many thanks for your note. I cannot let you leave London, without saying how very sorry I am to hear you are not well. I cannot help taking a part of this on my own conscience. I am afraid your working up Macrauchenia,1 must have done you harm.—
I think the new name a very good one.—2
I have a revise of the description of Toxodon ready, but I purposely do not send it.— When you return, and are quite comfortable again, you will be able to look over the whole revise together.— I will see about getting a sheet of Macrauchenia set up.—
The manner, in which you mention in your letter the prospect of all the trouble, which your part must cost you, is to me deeply gratifying. —
Goodbye Dear Owen | Let me know when you come back, & I sincerely trust, quite well again | Yrs. C. Darwin
I did not receive with your note any engravings.— But it of no sort of consequence. I believe there is also a plate of head (redrawn) of great Armadillo, which you have not given me, as you intended.—
CD sorry RO is not well and fears work on Macrauchenia may have contributed. Thinks new name very good. Other details concerning publication [of Zoology, pt 1, no. 1].