2_283 19/7/46
WM. SHORE SMITH

Lea Hurst
19 July [1846]
She rejoices she will presently see his face; how she wishes he could see the museum of the College of Surgeons in London; Mrs.
Bracebridge took her; describes the skeleton of an extinct sloth; 'the thing which was most curious of all, was to see how the species ran into one another, as Vestigesi would say, there was a new Iceland fossil bird ... much bigger than an ostrich, which cannot fly, but still it has the two little bits of wings ... hung on a peg in its shoulder at the right place ... though it isn't going to fly and doesn't mean to fly'; the little Apteris, about as big as a sparrow is still found in New Zealand, still adhering to the same useless but tidy habit.
4p Incomplete B.M. Add.MSS.46176.f.15
1. Vestiges of the natural history of creation, by Robert Chambers, London, 1844.

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