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To W. H. Flower   [1871?]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

My dear Mr Flower

I am ashamed to say that I do not know the rules for admission to your museum.2

My son, the bearer of this, is now attending to anatomy & wishes much to inspect some of the preparations; will you therefore be so kind as to turn him loose, if permitted into the Museum.

Pray believe me | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is conjectured on the assumption that the son mentioned in the letter is Francis, who studied to become a physician at St George’s Hospital, London, after leaving Cambridge at the end of 1870 (F. Darwin 1920, p. 67; The Times, 19 December 1870, p. 6).
Flower was conservator of the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (ODNB).


Does not know rules for admission to museum [of the Royal College of Surgeons]. CD’s son [Francis] wishes much to inspect some of the preparations.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Henry Flower
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Source of text
Bonham’s (dealers) (15 July 2004)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5767,” accessed on 27 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19