To William Henry Flower 13 April 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I have been so long familiar with your name, that I trust you will excuse me addressing you, as if we were acquainted.
Several years ago I presented to the College the skull of the Niata Ox.2 This day I received a letter from M. Quatrefages, asking me, if I possibly could get for him a photograph of this skull, or a cast for the Museum.—3
Would it be possible to make so huge a cast & would it not be very expensive? Will you have the great kindness to assist M. Quatrefages & greatly oblige me.—
Do you know any photographer & could you get a photograph (I presume side & front view would be necessary) made.4 If you will take this trouble I shd. be very much obliged. Perhaps, also, you can give me some information about a cast: if permission were granted & it could be made, I think I had better give M. Quatrefages some idea of cost. He could judge best after seeing Photographs.— I hope that you will forgive me thus troubling you. I would have come to London; but my health is so indifferent that this is no slight fatigue to me.—
My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin.
Asks WHF to obtain photographs of skull of ox for J. L. A. Quatrefages de Bréau.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4090,” accessed on 22 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4090