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 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8019A