Wants good rabbit specimens. Will be in London on 21 June and can pick up some pigeons.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have to thank you for manifold kindnesses.— I have received the eggs safely & put them under a Hen.—
I am particularly obliged to you for mentioning the Angora Doe, for I have just lately
been comparing 2 or 3 skeletons, & I find differences enough
to make me wish to go on; therefore I sh
I find that it ruins the skull to kill a rabbit in the ordinary way by a blow,
& I sh
Should you ever stumble across any good natured Rabbit fancier, will you remember my wish for dead Bodies of fine specimens.—
With respect to the Laughers, I shall be in London on June 21
Upon my life it is almost laughable the trouble I cause you, & how you can be so goodnatured, I hardly understand. I am only just in time to catch Post
Yours etc | C. Darwin
- f1 1882.f1Dated by the reference to a forthcoming trip to London (see n. 3, below).
- f2 1882.f2Eggs from Tegetmeier's silver-spangled Polish hens (see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 April  and 11 May ).
- f3 1882.f3CD went to London on 18 June 1856 and returned on 21 June (Emma Darwin's diary). The Queen Anne Street address is that of his brother Erasmus Alvey, with whom he stayed.