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To Richard Owen   19 December [1836]

Summary

Has written to Royal College of Surgeons, exactly as RO recommended, concerning disposition of his South American fossil bones. He fixed on the British Museum, rather than Paris, to receive plaster casts, because he was on board a King’s ship. Suggests RO propose another set for Paris, where they would be more useful than at BM. Has scarcely begun unpacking his cases.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  19 Dec [1836]
Classmark:  Fitzwilliam Museum
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-329

From Richard Owen   [7 August 1837]

Summary

Dissected beak of Rhynchops shows no extensive innervation. But beak may nevertheless be a sensitive organ of touch as CD suggests.

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7 Aug 1837]
Classmark:  Birds 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-371

To Richard Owen   [c. December 1837]

Summary

Sends remaining proofs of RO’s description of Toxodon [Fossil Mammalia] and a revise of first part. Will Owen want a second revise? CD has made "plenty of remarks".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [c. Dec 1837]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-389

To Richard Owen   28 [December 1837]

Summary

Sends perfect revise of "Toxodon" [Fossil Mammalia] which he has read and marked.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  28 [Dec 1837]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/209)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-395

To Richard Owen   [28 December 1837]

Summary

CD sorry RO is not well and fears work on Macrauchenia may have contributed. Thinks new name very good. Other details concerning publication [of Zoology, pt 1, no. 1].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [28 Dec 1837]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-396

To Richard Owen   [1839 – April 1840]

Summary

Delighted by RO’s discussion in this sheet. RO should return revises to printer and get remaining ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [1839 – Apr 1840]
Classmark:  Charles Hamilton (dealer) (13 June 1974)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-397

To Richard Owen    [January 1838]

Summary

Would like to call upon RO to discuss the last engravings sent by George Scharf. CD assumes that the revise of Toxodon [see 395] was received.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Jan 1838]
Classmark:  Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-399A

To Richard Owen   [15 December 1837 – 9 June 1838]

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Summary

Sends RO a box of fossils from William Darwin Fox, from the Isle of Wight.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [15 Dec 1837 – 9 June 1838]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-418F

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839

Summary

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

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 June 1839
Classmark:  DAR 204: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-519

To Richard Owen   24 [February 1840]

Summary

Asks RO whether he has any MS [of Fossil Mammalia, no. 4] ready and to see that the plates are finished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  24 [Feb 1840]
Classmark:  Royal College of Surgeons of England (MS Add 408)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-557

To Richard Owen   [March? 1840]

Summary

Sends a proof title page and asks RO to send a list of plates and contents [of Fossil mammalia] to the printer, Mr Stewart.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Mar? 1840]
Classmark:  Christie’s, New York (dealers) (29 October 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-559F

To Richard Owen   25 August [1841–2]

Summary

Sends elephant tooth from Africa. Suggests it may be interesting in light of his [mistaken] memory of Cuvier’s opinion about tusk brought from Peru by Humboldt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  25 Aug [1841-2]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/207)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-608

From Richard Owen   [17 September 1841?]

Summary

CD and [Emma Darwin] are invited to "a holiday musical evening".

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Sept 1841?]
Classmark:  Royal College of Surgeons of England, T. M. Stone/J. H. Watson Collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-608F

To Richard Owen   [4 February 1842]

Summary

Informs Owen of the fossil finds of F. J. Muñiz in south America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [4 Feb 1842]
Classmark:  Enns Entomology Museum, University of Missouri
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-617G

To Richard Owen   [March 1843 – 15 May 1846]

Summary

Invites the Owens to stay at Down, joining Falconer and a few others.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Mar 1843 –15 May 1846]
Classmark:  Michael H. McHugh (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-657

To Richard Owen   [6 March 1847]

Summary

A specimen of Machairodus offered for sale by F. J. Muñiz.

Discusses possible publication in England of paper by Muñiz describing the skeleton.

Sends pamphlet on scarlatina in the Pampas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [6 Mar 1847]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/192)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-938

To Richard Owen   [21 April 1846]

Summary

Asks to visit RO to talk about mammifers of the [Rio] Plata.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [21 Apr 1846]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.48)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-959

To Richard Owen   21 [June 1846]

Summary

B. J. Sulivan has just arrived with fossil bones from Patagonia. Wants to arrange meeting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  21 [June 1846]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections Owen correspondence 9/204)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-984

To Richard Owen   [April? 1848]

Summary

Pleased at RO’s praise of Coral reefs.

Has read with very great interest RO’s "Report on the archetype" [Rep. BAAS 16 (1846): 169–340]. RO should give name to every letter or number in his woodcuts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [Apr? 1848]
Classmark:  R. S. Owen 1894, 1: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-997

To Thomas Spring Rice   [before 7 July 1838]

Summary

Express their concern that the offer for sale to the British Museum, by G. A. Mantell and Thomas Hawkins, of two valuable collections, has been declined.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; William Buckland; Adam Sedgwick; John Phillips; William Whewell; Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet; Charles Lyell, 1st baronet; Charles Stokes; William John Hamilton; Edward Stanley; Richard Owen; William Clift; Charles Babbage; John Bostock; Peter Mark Roget; John Taylor; Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2d Marquess of Northampton; William John Broderip
Addressee:  Thomas Spring Rice
Date:  [before 7 July 1838]
Classmark:  House of Commons papers; accounts and papers, 1837/38, XXXVI, 307
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-421F
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