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From Anthony Carlisle   23 December 1836

London College of Surgeons

Decr 23d. 1836.

Dear Sir

I have had the satisfaction to submit your Letter of the 19th. to the Board of Curators who expressed their intire approval of the terms and conditions annexed to your highly liberal offer of your valuable specimens of South American fossil remains—

The Board have recommended their acceptance to the next Council of the College, and I hope that you will soon receive their decision—1

Dear Sir | Your much obliged Servt| Anthony Carlisle *S 2

Charles Darwin Esr

&c &c &c


The Council, at its Quarterly Meeting on 12 January 1837, resolved: ‘that Mr Darwin’s Donations to the Museum be accepted upon the conditions annexed thereto: and that accordingly the Board of Curators be authorized and requested to direct the provision of the necessary number of Casts by Mr Jones, Modeller to Sir Francis Chantry’ (RCS Council minutes). The cost of preparation of the casts for distribution is recorded as £60 (minutes of the Board of Curators, January 1837).


The Royal College of Surgeons’ Board of Curators approve the terms and conditions under which CD has offered his S. American fossil bones to the College, and have sent their recommendation to the Council.

Letter details

Letter no.
Anthony Carlisle
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal College of Surgeons
Source of text
DAR 204: 133
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 334,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1