Gives notice of returning books by a carrier and thanks for assistance.
Asks whether Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville's Ostéographie (1839–64) includes rabbits or hares.
… ``I will send tonight by our Carrier all the Books in Hand in an old Portmanteau (which please return) so … they will come safely.
With sincere thanks for your vy. kind assistance. | C. Darwin''
``I suppose De Blainville's Osteographie does not include Rabbits or Hares, as I much wish to see such if it were ever published.''
- f1 3061a.f1Kippist was librarian of the Linnean Society of London, from which CD often borrowed works that he needed to consult for his research.
- f2 3061a.f2The year is suggested by the 1859 watermark of the stationery and by CD's reference to the carrier's leaving `tonight'. George Snow ran a carrier service between Down and London that left Down at 2
A.M.every Thursday morning (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862). In 1861, 13 February fell on a Wednesday. This date is further confirmed by the reference to `Rabbits and Hares'. In 1861, CD was preparing the chapter on variation in rabbits for Variation (see `Journal'; Appendix II).
- f3 3061a.f3George Snow. See n. 2, above.
- f4 3061a.f4See letter to Richard Kippist, 7 January . It is not known which books from the Linnean Society CD was returning.
- f5 3061a.f5Blainville 1839--64.