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To Richard Owen   25 November [1846]

Summary

Asks to borrow specimens of sessile cirripedes from Museum of Royal College of Surgeons.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  25 Nov [1846]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 201)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1033

To Richard Owen   [1847?]

Summary

Asks to meet RO to get his opinion on zoological points.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1847?]
Classmark:  Yale University Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library (MMS)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1044

To Richard Owen   12 February [1847]

Summary

F. J. Muñiz has offered fossil bones collected around Buenos Aires to the Royal College of Surgeons. He believes he can complete their Megatherium skeleton and provide other specimens. CD feels he should be encouraged in his work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  12 Feb [1847]
Classmark:  Royal College of Surgeons of England (MS 275. h.5, 23: 7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1061

To Richard Owen   [1849?]

Summary

CD proposes to call for tea if he is well enough on Thursday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1849?]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph File, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1089

To Richard Owen   [4 February 1848]

Summary

Has been invited to contribute geological instructions [to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849); Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Asks RO whether remarks on coral reefs appertain to geology rather than zoology.

Looks forward to visit by Owens.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [4 Feb 1848]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1150

To Richard Owen   [26 March 1848]

Summary

Describes his new microscope and its advantages for dissecting. Suggests RO might discuss topic [in his contribution to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [26 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1166

To Richard Owen   [2 April 1848]

Summary

Apologises for length of notes of advice for microscopic work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [2 Apr 1848]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard (MS Hyde 77: 2. 82. 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1167F

To Richard Owen   [24 February 1849]

Summary

Thanks RO for his note on Conchoderma hunteri [see Living Cirripedia 1: 153].

Has been very unwell; has lost four-fifths of his time. Will go to Malvern to try the water-cure for his vomiting, which regular doctors cannot cure.

Has done some pretty homological work with cirripedes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [24 Feb 1849]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1228

To Richard Owen   [January – 23 March 1850]

Summary

CD regrets the trouble RO has had about C. G. Ehrenberg’s parcel.

He is reading On the nature of limbs [1849] with uncommon interest and admires the way Owen worked out the toes.

Also has read On parthenogenesis [1849] with great interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Jan – 23 Mar 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1231

To Richard Owen   28 April [1850]

Summary

Discusses possibility of providing B. J. Sulivan with a vessel for fossil hunting in Patagonia.

Asks RO to ask Mrs Dixon about borrowing cirripede specimen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  28 Apr [1850]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1322

To Richard Owen   10 September [1850]

Summary

About to go to press with "wearyful" Fossil Cirripedia [vol. 1 (1851)];

would like to borrow proof-sheets of Frederick Dixon’s work [The geology and fossils of the Tertiary and Cretaceous formations of Sussex (1850)]. Would also like to borrow a specimen of Balanus glacialis from Royal College of Surgeons. Encloses formal request [see 1356].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  10 Sept [1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 198)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1355

To Richard Owen   10 September [1850]

Summary

Asks to borrow specimen of Balanus glacialis from the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. It will be necessary to disarticulate it, but CD will return the valves to the Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  10 Sept [1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1356

To Richard Owen   [before 28 April 1850]

Summary

Asks to borrow a cirripede specimen from collection of Frederick Dixon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [before 28 Apr 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1357

To Richard Owen   [November 1847 – 51]

Summary

"I had not heard before of Whench [Whewell?] having scolded you; I am rather glad of it …

What a grand number of novelties Hooker no doubt will bring home".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Nov 1847–51]
Classmark:  John K. Lattimer (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13833

To Richard Owen    23 December [1847–54]

Summary

Is searching for a tooth of Carcharias which he might have left with RO.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  23 Dec [1847-54]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13834

To Richard Owen   17 July [1852]

Summary

Gratified by what RO says about his book [Living Cirripedia, vol. 1 (1851)]. The anatomical work is the only part he is really interested in; finds the "mere systematic part infinitely tedious"; but will be surprised if he is ever proved wrong on the males of Ibla and Scalpellum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  17 July [1852]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 188)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1484

To Richard Owen   11 November [1859]

Summary

Has asked his publisher to send a copy of Origin. Fears it will be "an abomination" in RO’s eyes. Urges him to read it straight through, as it is a condensed abstract and will otherwise be unintelligible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  11 Nov [1859]
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2515

From Richard Owen   12 November 1859

Summary

Will welcome CD’s work [Origin] with a "close & continuous perusal".

Believes in the "operation of existing influences or causes in the ordained becoming and incoming of living species" and so could not regard CD’s attempt to demonstrate the nature of such influences as "heterodox".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1859
Classmark:  Shrewsbury School, Taylor Libraryl
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2526

To Richard Owen   10 December [1859]

Summary

Sends source of description of swimming bear catching insects [Samuel Hearne, A journey from Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson’s Bay to the northern ocean … (1795); see Origin, p. 184].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  10 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 211, 213)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2576

To Richard Owen   13 December [1859]

Summary

Responds to Owen’s remarks that his book [Origin] is not likely to be true because it attempts to explain so much. CD describes how, for fear this might be so, he resolved to give up the work if he could not convince two or three competent judges. He is sensitive because of unjust things said by a distinguished friend [A. Sedgwick]. Value of his views now depends on men eminent in science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  13 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (Gen. lib. Owen collect. 9: 195)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2580
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