To Richard Owen [March? 1840]1
12, Upper Gower St.
I send you a proof title-page in place of the temporary title, now affixed to no. I of Fossil Mammalia.2 Please to observe that it is the general title to whole work,3 & matches the general one to Mammalia (which was given in last no. of birds).4 I hope you will approve of it. I have put your honorary titles only briefly in this general title, as they are more fully given in the title devoted to your department.5 I do not at all know, whether I have put your honorary titles properly. I only just put them down to fill up, what appeared to be the proper space in the page.— Will you be so kind as to return, after having made any alterations you choose, the proof to me.—
I hope soon to receive proofs of the remaining sheets.—6 I fear after all this publication of the number at the proper time is beyond hope.—7
Believe me | Very truly yours | Chas. Darwin
PS. Since I wrote this, Mr Stewart, the Printer8 has called & he tells me, you have not sent any list of plates or contents.9 I trust & hope for the uniformity of the work you will have the kindness to do so, even if they be brief ones.
Sends a proof title page and asks RO to send a list of plates and contents [of Fossil mammalia] to the printer, Mr Stewart.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 559F,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-559F