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From Richard Owen   12 November 1859


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 Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2526

From Richard Owen   [7 August 1837]


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

From Richard Owen   11 June 1839


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

From Richard Owen   [17 September 1841?]


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

Author:  Richard Owen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Sept 1841?]
Classmark:  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MS0456/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-608F

To Thomas Spring Rice   [before 7 July 1838]


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