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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839

College of Surgeons

June 11th. | 1839.

Dear Darwin,

I have read far enough into your Journal to feel that I have to thank you for the most delightful book in my collection. It is as full of good original wholesome food as an egg, & if what I have enjoyed has not been duly digested it is because it has been too hastily devoured. I leave it reluctantly—tired eyes compelling—at night, and greet it as a new luxury at the breakfast table:

ever your faithful & obliged, | Richd. Owen.


Thanks CD effusively [for Journal of researches] – "the most delightful book in my collection".

Letter details

Letter no.
Richard Owen
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
College of Surgeons
Source of text
DAR 204: 183
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 519,” accessed on 13 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2