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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

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

From Osbert Salvin   14 October 1871

Summary

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.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8009

From Osbert Salvin   18 October 1871

Summary

Comments on lamellae in Prion. Offers to send specimen for CD to examine.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8016

From Osbert Salvin   22 October 1871

Summary

Sends specimen of Prion.

Discusses beaks of flamingo and other birds.

Comments on function of lamellae.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8029

From Osbert Salvin   30 October 1871

Summary

Sends CD some more ducks’ skins so that he can examine the lamellae.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8035

From Osbert Salvin   21 September 1871

Summary

Promises to answer questions about ducks next week when he has a specimen.

Recently met Capt. Arthur Mellersh.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7960

From Osbert Salvin   10 October 1871

Summary

Encloses notes [missing] that he has made for CD on looking through his dried skins of American Anatidae.

Author:  Osbert Salvin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct 1871
Classmark:  DAR 177: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8001
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