Lord Tankerville has not responded to the request for the skulls which LR requires for his research. CD addressed Lord T through his friend Sir Henry Holland, who is prepared to try again, despite Lord T's rudeness.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Dear & honoured Sir
I have been confined to my bed by illness, otherwise I should have written sooner, & thanked you for your letter of Dec. 11
I grieve to say that I have no good news to tell. I applied to a friend & relation, who knows Lord Tankerville well, & I wrote a long letter to him with instructions, which he forwarded to L
My friend says L
I cannot tell you how sincerely I grieve that I have failed to aid you in your most important & interesting investigations, but I have done all that I could.—
With sincere apologies, I remain Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
P.S. I have just had another letter from my friend, Sir H. Holland, who says he will see Lord Tankerville or write to him again; & I think the noble Lord will be driven by shame to be more courteous.—
- f1 3389.f1The date is established by the relationship to the letter from Henry Holland, 15 January  and the letter from Henry Holland, [3--14] January , and to the letter to Ludwig Rütimeyer, 11 February  (see n. 6, below).
- f2 3389.f2The letter from Rütimeyer has not been found, but see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to Ludwig Rütimeyer, 5 December .
- f3 3389.f3Charles Augustus Bennet, sixth earl of Tankerville.
- f4 3389.f4See letter from Henry Holland, [3--14] January ]1862].
- f5 3389.f5The fifth earl of Tankerville, also named Charles Augustus Bennet, had a keen interest and pride in his Chillingham cattle (see Ritvo 1992).
- f6 3389.f6See letter from Henry Holland, 15 January . The daily postal delivery to Down arrived from Bromley at 8.30
A. M., which was before the first delivery from London arrived in Bromley at 9 A. M. (Post Office directory for the six home counties 1862, pp. 756, 822). It is consequently unlikely that CD received Holland's letter on the same day that it was written; he would, rather, have received it on the following day. CD's postscript was, therefore, probably added on 16 January.