Sends data on numbers of "wild" cattle in the herd on the estate of Lord Tankerville that have been killed by fighting, accidents, etc. He does not perceive that the cattle have diminished in size.
Chillingham Castle | Alnwick.
In reply to yours of the 6
Fifteen months ago, Lord T— desired that the number should be increased to 70, since that time we have not slaughtered any; but three full grown bulls, have been killed by fighting, two others have been killed upon account of their old age, three calves have died from accidental deaths, getting into ditches &c, and at this time the Herd have increased to 59; this will shew you, free from accidents, and increase of 14 in fifteen months.
I do not perceive since I have known them, which is now 30 years, any indications of their diminishing in size, or in any of their peculiar characteristics, as I have kept an account of the weights of the slaughtered, for the last 10 years and they keep up to their average weight.—
Yours &c &c
- f1 3142.f1The date is given by CD's annotation.
- f2 3142.f2Hindmarsh had written to Hardy at CD's instigation. See letter to Luke Hindmarsh, 3 May . William Hardy was bailiff to Lord Ossulston, son of the earl of Tankerville (Post Office directory of Northumberland 1858).
- f3 3142.f3Chillingham Castle was the seat of Charles Augustus Bennet, earl of Tankerville. The copyist erred in transcribing the name.
- f4 3142.f4CD quoted this information in Variation 2: 119 as part of the discussion of the good effects of crossing and the detrimental effects of close interbreeding.