To John Maurice Herbert [January 1839 – September 1842]1
12 Up. Gower St.
My dear Herbert.
I believe that the best bird-preservers are “Leadbeater 19 Brewer St. Golden Square” & “Gould 20 Broad St Golden Square”—which is best I do not know.— I should recommend your friend to call herself & explain2 in which styles she wants them mounted.— Ask to see specimens
I fancy price varies much, the care taken
As for Birds of Paradise from the West Indies, tell that to the Marines, as we used to say on board the Beagle.—
I am very much obliged for your enquiries about houses— I am getting desperate & expect next year I shall have to build: Bookham is rather too far from a railway station.—
I was not able to go to the Geolog. Annivers. yesterday as I have not been as well as usual during the last fortnight.—
Next Wednesday Owen gives an account of the great Mastodon, now exhibiting at the Ægyptian Hall.— I mention it, as perhaps you like others may feel interested about it.— I fear I shall not be there.—
Farewell my ancient amigo | Ever yours | C. Darwin
Suggests the names of two bird-preservers for JMH’s friend.
In reference to an earlier letter, replies: "As for Birds of Paradise from the West Indies, tell that to the marines, as we used to say on board the Beagle".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 476A,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-476A