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To W. H. Flower   [1871?]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

My dear Mr Flower

I am ashamed to say that I do not know the rules for admission to your museum.2

My son, the bearer of this, is now attending to anatomy & wishes much to inspect some of the preparations; will you therefore be so kind as to turn him loose, if permitted into the Museum.

Pray believe me | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is conjectured on the assumption that the son mentioned in the letter is Francis, who studied to become a physician at St George’s Hospital, London, after leaving Cambridge at the end of 1870 (F. Darwin 1920, p. 67; The Times, 19 December 1870, p. 6).
Flower was conservator of the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (ODNB).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Does not know rules for admission to museum [of the Royal College of Surgeons]. CD’s son [Francis] wishes much to inspect some of the preparations.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Henry Flower
Sent from
Source of text
B. J. Harrison (private collection); sold by Bonhams (dealers), 15 July 2004
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5767,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19