Can FG use his influence with Rev. [Erhardt] to get information about domesticated poultry in Africa for CD?
Down | Bromley | Kent
I am going to trouble you again. I hear from Norton Shaw, that you have aided & have influence with Rev
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Believe me | Yours most sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 3059.f1The year is provided by the relationship to the letter to H. N. Shaw, 25 December  (Correspondence vol. 5), in which CD mentioned having written to `Rev
- f2 3059.f2Henry Norton Shaw was secretary of the Royal Geographical Society from 1849 to 1863.
- f3 3059.f3Jakob J. Erhardt, a German missionary from the Basle Seminary, was sent to East Africa in 1849 by the Church Missionary Society. In 1855, he visited London to convalesce. On 26 November 1855, he exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society a map he had drawn up from the accounts of Arab tradesmen and natives of a vast lake inland from the coast of Zanzibar and requested funds for an exploratory expedition; the society, however, declined his request. Galton had dealt with his request as a member of the council and of the expeditions committee of the Royal Geographical Society (Forrest 1974, p. 72).
- f4 3059.f4Erhardt was transferred to a mission in India in 1856 (Stock 1899--1916, 2: 135). CD evidently did receive information from Erhardt, for in Variation 1: 246 n. 33, he stated that Erhardt had observed an aversion to fowls by the natives of East Africa.
- f5 3059.f5Louisa Jane Butler had married Francis Galton in 1853 (Darwin pedigree).