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Letter 2121

Darwin, C. R. to Galton, Francis

7 July [1857]

Summary

Encloses signed document.

“Much interested about all domestic animals of all savage nations.”

Transcription

Down Bromley Kent

July 7th

My dear Galton

I return the enclosed signed with very great pleasure.—f2

Many thanks for information about Dr Barths work which I will read.f3

I continue much interested about all domestic animals of all savage nations, though I shall not take up cattle in detail.f4 If on reading I shd have anything to ask I will accept your kind offer & ask.— Anything about savages taking any the least pain in breeding & crossing their domestic animals is of particular interest to me.

With kind remembrances to Mrs Galton,f5 pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.

University College London Library (Galton 190)

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Footnotes

f1
Dated by the reference to ‘Dr Barths work’ (see n. 3, below).
f2
The item has not been identified, although it may have related to the Royal Geographical Society, of which Francis Galton was honorary secretary. Galton had been elected to the position in May 1857. CD had been a fellow since 1838.
f3
The German geographer and traveller Heinrich Barth, a member of the British expedition to explore North and Central Africa, 1849–55, returned to England in September 1855 and began writing up an account of his African travels. The first three volumes of Barth 1857–8 were published between 15 and 30 May 1857 (Publishers’ Circular, 1 June 1857, p. 230).
f4
CD discussed the origins and variations of domestic cattle in Variation 1: 79–93.
f5
Francis Galton had married Louisa Jane Butler in 1853.
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