To James Orton 7 October 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I received your note & the Horse’s tooth about 10 days ago.
Although I have never had any quarrell with Prof. Owen, he has used such language about me that I can hold no communication with him.2 The best which I could do for you under these circumstances was to send the specimen to Prof. Huxley, who is quite as able & a more careful observer than Prof. Owen.—3 He writes to me that he will do his best, but he has not much confidence in the case of the Horse in identification from a single tooth.4 Unfortunately he is so incessantly engaged that he has not yet written to me again: but as soon as I hear, I will at once write to you.— You do not ask for the return of the tooth, so I have provisionally deposited in the Museum, where it will be a valuable addition.—5 Your own palæontologist Prof. Leidy6 wd. be as good a judge about the Horses skull (which is a treasure) & teeth as anyone in Europe.—
I am glad to hear that your work will be published this autumn,7 & I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Has forwarded the horse’s tooth, sent by JO, to Huxley, who may be able to identify it.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Orton, James
- Sent from
- Source of text
- History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6925,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6925