Returns a letter from a Mr Walsh – "a clear-headed man on my side". What he says about sea trout in lochs would make a good case for CD if borne out by professional ichthyologists.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Waterhouse
Many thanks for the enclosed interesting letter.— It always pleases me to see a clear-headed man on my side, & especially if he be bold enough to speak out, & thus render really efficient aid.— For it will require much speaking out before this side will receive fair toleration.—
I hope to see you before long, for I shall be up on the 21
Did you ever look at the skull of the Borneo Domestic Cat, which I gave you?—
My dear Waterhouse | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 3317.f1Dated by CD's reference to reading a paper before the Linnean Society of London (see n. 4, below).
- f2 3317.f2The enclosure has not been found.
- f3 3317.f3Walsh has not been identified.
- f4 3317.f4CD read a paper on the two forms of Primula to the Linnean Society on Thursday, 21 November 1861 (see Collected papers 2: 45--63).
- f5 3317.f5CD had obtained specimens of cats and other domestic animals from Borneo through James Brooke, the raja of Sar´awak (see Correspondence vol. 5, CD memorandum, [December 1855]; and vol. 6, letter to A. R. Wallace, 1 May 1857). Waterhouse had examined a South American feral cat CD brought back from the Beagle voyage (see Variation 1: 47).