Obliged for account of change in quality of wool. "Some authors will not admit that climate has any perceptible action."
Hopes his health is re-established.
Down, Farnborough, Kent,
My dear Sir,
I should have written sooner to have thanked you for your kindness, had I not been absent from home for a couple of days. I feel very much obliged to you for taking the trouble to write me so full and clear an account of the change in quality of the wool and I am very glad to have seen it. I am quite prepared to credit the entire statement of Mr. Russell, though, owing to the effects of a hot climate on wool having been in some instances much exaggerated, some authors will not admit that climate has any perceptible action. Changes in the same individual certainly seem unusual, nevertheless there is apparently one quite authentic case of an English cat left for a season in East Africa, which became covered with the finest wool or down and was hardly recognizable by its old master, Capt. Owen.
I have never seen so detailed a statement of change effected in England on the same individual as in your letter.
I sincerely hope your health is quite re-established; I was very sorry to hear how
seriously ill you have been. I presume that you have left Paris; if you should happen to
go there again, I wish you would kindly inform me, and I would beg you to consult a work
for me on sheep, (which would not take you more than
Pray remember me kindly to Mr. & Mrs. Cresy, whom I hope are well, and believe me, my dear Sir,
Yours sincerely, | C. Darwin.
- f1 1545.f1Edward Cresy, son of Edward Cresy Sr, the architect and engineer who had advised CD about the purchase of Down House (see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Susan Darwin, [late July–August 1842]). The son was also an architect and engineer who lived in Down village.
- f2 1545.f2Dated from the relationship to the two letters to Edward Cresy, [before May 1848?] and [May 1848] (calendar numbers 805 and 1171, respectively).
- f3 1545.f3Probably Henry Stuart Russell, sheep farmer and explorer in Australia, or his brother, Sydenham Russell. See Russell 1845.
- f4 1545.f4William Fitzwilliam Owen transported a cat from Algoa Bay (c. 34
olat.) to Mombasa (c. 4 olat.) (W. F. Owen 1833, 1: 180). CD refers to this in Variation 1: 46–7.
- f5 1545.f5Darluc 1782–6. See letter to Edward Cresy, [before May 1848?], n. 9.