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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Osbert Salvin   14 October 1871

32, Grove, Boltons. S.W.

14 Oct 1871

My dear Mr Darwin,

I am very glad to find that you will be able to pick something out of my notes on ducks.1 Pray set me to work whenever you can for it is a real pleasure to me to go into such matters. & observations of the kind occupy more than half my time & thoughts.

When you have quite done with them I should like to have the notes back, for I have for some time been meditating setting the South American Anatidæ in order & they might come in usefully.2

Very truly yours | Osbert Salvin.


Salvin’s work on South American Anatidae appeared in the third volume on birds (Aves) in Biologia Centrali-Americana (Godman and Salvin eds. 1879–1915).


Is glad his notes on ducks are useful; would like them back when CD has finished with them as they might help him to put the South American Anatidae in order.

Letter details

Letter no.
Osbert Salvin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 177: 22
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8009,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

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