Condolences on death of Charlotte Langton [née Wedgwood].
Is waiting to hear from Lord Tankerville [see 3339].
My dear Charles,
Though writing on < > subject, I must say a few wor<ds> in
expression of my sympathy <for> M
My purpose in writing is to speak of Lord Tankerville. I believe him to be at Chillingham, whither I directed my letter, enclosing the papers
<I> have heard nothing during the < > that has since elapsed; as
I < > to have done I fear it is too < >able an
explanation, that he < >dy sent the package, < >ing to the directions
& address given < > may be that he is not actually at
<Chillin>gham—or that he is waiting an <occa>sion
for procuring the object required, < > of the wild cattle having been lately
killed It may be again (but I unwillingly admit this idea) that he
has taken offence at the Instructions, which were a little downright in their
tone, & not perhaps suff
If it be that the package has already been sent, I shall gladly hear of this. If not, I will let you know, when I hear of, or from, Lord Tankerville, or if I see him in Town.
There is another supposition, that my letter may have been lost in transitu but this is not likely.
Let me see you, if you come to London., & believe me your's ever
- f1 3388.f1The date range is established by the reference to the death of Charlotte Langton (see n. 2, below), and by the relationship to the letter from Henry Holland, 15 January  and to the letters to Ludwig Rütimeyer, 15 [and 16] January  and 11 February . See also n. 5, below.
- f2 3388.f2Charlotte Langton, Emma Darwin's sister, died on 2 January 1862 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
- f3 3388.f3Charles Langton.
- f4 3388.f4The reference is to the sixth earl of Tankerville, Charles Augustus Bennet, whose Chillingham Park estate in Northumberland was home to an ancient breed of cattle (see n. 5, below).
- f5 3388.f5CD had asked Holland, who was an acquaintance of Lord Tankerville's, to assist him in procuring the skull of one of the Chillingham bulls to send to Ludwig Rütimeyer (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to Ludwig Rütimeyer, 5 December ). For a discussion of the history of this breed, see Ritvo 1992.