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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-8019A

To Osbert Salvin   19 October [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 19th

My dear Mr. Salvin

I shd. very much like to see the Prion, if the specimen is not very precious; for the case has a special bearing on my subject.2 But I must restrict myself to a few words, as I have already said too much.

Please enclose a scrap, saying whether I may immerse the head alone in warm (not hot) water, so as to open the beak? Of course I do not wish to do so if specimen is precious.—

I suspect that your lower mandibular lamellæ serve to clean the upper lamellæ; & if you ever go into subject pray keep this in mind. Yours very truly obliged | Ch. Darwin

Address

C. Darwin Esq

Orpington Station

Kent

per South-Eastern Railway.

(I will send in two days to Station for chance of parcels being there.—)

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Osbert Salvin, 18 October 1871.
2
See letter from Osbert Salvin, 18 October 1871 and n. 1.

Summary

CD would like to see the Prion [see 8016]. May he immerse the head in warm water so as to open the beak? Directions for sending the parcel.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8019A
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Salvin, Osbert
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8019A,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8019A

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