To Thomas Henry Huxley 4 July 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
Hooker tells me of an expedition going to survey the St of Magellan.2 Admiral Sulivan several years ago discovered an astonishingly rich accumulation of fossil bones not far from the Straits3 & he will tell the Captain of the vessel & the Naturalist exactly where they cd be found.4 During many years it has seemed to me extremely desirable that these shd be collected; & here is an excellent opportunity. Hooker has suggested a memorial to the Lords of the Admiralty to be signed by a few leading Geologists & Paleontologists.5 Please read the enclosed, & observe that I do not know in the least the proper form of a Memorial & therefore the enclosed may be corrected to any extent & shall be re-copied, or shall go as it stands.6 Now please consider whether you will sign this, & shew it to Sir Roderick Murchison & ask him whether he will head the list;7 perhaps he wd shew it to Professor Owen & ask him if he wd like to sign; for I do not want to have any communication with Owen.8 If in addition, the Pres. of Geolog. Soc. & Ramsay wd sign,9 that I shd think wd be ample, & the Memorial might be sent in at once, for there is no time to lose. If it will do as it stands & all goes smooth, will you forward it to the Admiralty & let me have a line to hear the result, as I must inform Sulivan. I may just add that some the fossils here referred to are allied to Toxodon.10
My dear Huxley | ever yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Sends a draft of memorial to Admiralty [to be signed by geologists and palaeontologists] requesting that an expedition to survey Strait of Magellan collect fossils discovered by Admiral B. J. Sulivan [see 5142].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 231)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5144,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5144