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To Osbert Salvin   22 August [1875]

Summary

Obliged for his memoir ["On the avifauna of the Galapagos", Trans. Zool. Soc. (April 1875)]. His surprise that the birds from the different islands prove so similar. Comparison of the habits, nests, eggs of the commonest species of each island would throw a flood of light upon variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  22 Aug [1875]
Classmark:  Mrs Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10132A

To Osbert Salvin   11 [May 1863]

Summary

At the suggestion of J. D. Hooker CD offers his opinion on the value of a proposed collection to be made at the Galápagos. The display would not be attractive or appealing to amateurs in natural history, but the scientific value of good collections of every species would be very great if those of each island are rigorously kept separate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  11 [May 1863]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4153A

To Osbert Salvin   1 June 1868

Summary

Encloses some queries.

Would also like information about proportion of male to female humming-birds.

Reference to OS’s paper in Ibis, vol. 2.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  1 June 1868
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6221A

To Osbert Salvin   23 June [1868]

Summary

CD thanks OS for answering his questions and especially for giving the case of the sandpiper; "such little facts are my delight". [See 6253.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  23 June [1868]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6258A

To Osbert Salvin   10 September [1871]

Summary

CD is interested in the gradation of character in the lamellae of the beaks of ducks. He finds that they are less developed or prominent in the common duck and goose than in true ducks. Is OS able to provide him with any information on this subject?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  10 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7932A

To Osbert Salvin   12 October [1871]

Summary

CD appreciates the great trouble OS has taken in providing a bundle of observations. [See 8001.] They are useful and will save CD from at least one blunder.

The structure of the beak of the shoveller "filled me with admiration".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  12 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8005A

To Osbert Salvin   19 October [1871]

Summary

CD would like to see the Prion [see 8016]. May he immerse the head in warm water so as to open the beak? Directions for sending the parcel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  19 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8019A

To Osbert Salvin   25 October [1871]

Summary

Very glad to see Prion. [See 8029.]

CD offers OS upper and lower beaks of various ducks and geese if they are of interest to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  25 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8031A

To Osbert Salvin   1 November [1871]

Summary

He appreciates the two specimens [skins of Mergenetta and Aix sponsa], especially the Mergenetta, which as far as sifting is concerned, is a capital link between the shoveller and the common duck. Arrangements for their return.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Osbert Salvin
Date:  1 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  Sybil Rampen (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8045A
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