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From W. H. Flower   15 April 1863

Royal College of Surgeons of England, | London, | (W.C.)

15th. day of April 1863

My dear Sir

I shall have great pleasure in complying with your request,1 as far as I am able— In the first place I will take the skull to be photographed, as soon as I have obtained (which I have no doubt I shall) the permission of the Committee, and I will make enquiries as to the cost of a cast—2

I hope that some time when you are in town I may have the pleasure of showing you the recent additions to this Collection—to the value of which you have contributed so largely3

Believe me | very faithfully yours | W. H. Flower.


See letter to W. H. Flower, 13 April [1863].
In his letter to Flower of 13 April [1863], CD had asked Flower if he could obtain a photograph or cast of a skull of the South American niata cattle breed from the Royal College of Surgeons for Armand de Quatrefages (see letter from Armand de Quatrefages, [28 March –] 11 April 1863). See also letter to Armand de Quatrefages, 14 May [1863], and letter from Armand de Quatrefages, 19 May [1863].
CD’s fossil vertebrates from the Beagle voyage had been given to the Hunterian Museum, where Flower was the curator (D. M. Porter 1985, pp. 997–9).


Porter, Duncan M. 1985. The Beagle collector and his collections. In The Darwinian heritage, edited by David Kohn. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press in association with Nova Pacifica (Wellington, NZ).


Discusses having skull photographed and a cast made.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Henry Flower
Charles Robert Darwin
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Royal College of Surgeons
Source of text
DAR 164: 137
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4101,” accessed on 26 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11