Has followed correspondent's useful suggestions of sources of information [on variation in domesticated animals in various regions of the globe].
Asks him to sound out [Mr Consul Brand?] about skinning some bird specimens for him.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
You have no idea how useful your various suggestions have been to me. When put on the scent, I have followed up several of your men, got some sort of introduction & written to them.—
But I want to beg one other great favour of you, viz. when you see M
I really feel it too impudent to write without knowing him in some degree. Can you aid me in this one respect? Of if you were to write him the briefest note & say that I am a respectable person & would repay any small expence to a bird-skinner &c.—
I have now written to each chief quarter of the world, except Arabia. Can you aid me
here; being so anciently civilised it w
With very sincere thanks | Your's truly | C. Darwin
- f1 1800.f1The recipient is conjectured from the letter's provenance; the date is based on the letter's relationship to letters to E. L. Layard, 9 December 1855, to G. H. K. Thwaites, 10 December 1855, and to C. A. Murray, 24 December 1855.
- f2 1800.f2George Brand was British vice-consul at Loanda, Angola, 1844–56. See CD's memorandum, [December 1855].
- f3 1800.f3A Rev. S. Erhardt was cited in Variation 1: 246 n. 33 concerning the aversion to fowl shown by natives on the east coast of Africa.
- f4 1800.f4William Henry Sykes, retired colonel of the Indian army and deputy chairman of the board of the East India Company, studied the zoology of India and sent CD information on variation in Indian domestic animals.