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Letter from Sir Richard Owen to Walter Buller, 22 March, 1888

“Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park, 22nd March, 1888.

My dear Buller,—

“Seldom have I enjoyed a morning more, in the quiet period of my existence, than during the perusal of the sheets of your ‘Introduction,’ so kindly submitted to me.

“Conclusions and inferences which bad escaped my memory have been brought back, and I seem to be repeating or living again an active period of my zoological life.

“The Moa-bone from Hector Ranges, Otago, is a metatarsal of Dinornis elephantopus……

“I do not recall anything that I could add which would heighten the pleasure your friendly visit has given me.

“Ever yours,

Richard Owen.”
Sir Walter Buller, K.C.M.G., F.R.S.”