To Osbert Salvin 19 October 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
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
C. Darwin Esq
per South-Eastern Railway.
(I will send in two days to Station for chance of parcels being there.—)
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8019A,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8019A