[Professor Richard Owen to .] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richard Owen.') to his friend the Arctic explorer Robert McCormick, warmly praising him and his work.

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Superintendent, Natural History Department, British Museum, palaeontologist [Robert McCormick (1800-1890), RN, Arctic explorer, accompanied Charles Darwin in HMS Beagle]
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On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 2 February 1884.

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip from stub of mount adhering to one edge. A warm, light-hearted letter of praise, written on reading McCormick's 'Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas and Round the World' 1884. The letter begins: 'My dear Mc.Cormick, | No days of my release from Museum-duties have been spent here more agreeably & profitably than in your Society. | Having voyaged with you, shiver'd with you, shot with you, climbed with you, through your two noble Volumes; imagine the coziness of an English fire-side!!

Autograph Letter Signed "Wm Geo. Skyring" to John Ince of the Royal Navy, of Crooms Hill, Greenwich

William George Skyring, Naval Officer and surveyor, Captain of HM Surveying VesselS Aetna
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H.M. Surveying Vessel Aetna, 9 Oct. 1833.

One page, folio, some tears on fold marks, other minor defects, text clear and complete. "I beg you to let me know by return of Post [phrase underlined] whther you desire to join the Aetna - I heard from Captn. Beaufort this morning that you do - but you have acted with so much indecision that I scarcely know whether to apply or not until more fully assured - For your Mothers sake alone I am perfctly willing to wait an answer - and if you are prepared to join - send me - / Your name at length / Date of original Entry in the Service / Name of last Ship / Rating on her.

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