About Quiz and [Horace Darwin's] health.
Asks whether CD has tried W. B. Tegetmeier's beehives.
I was sorry to find by your letter that you have had so much trouble with Quiz who I hoped would have been an acquisition. Thanks however for the trouble and patience you have had with him and for so entirely doing as I asked you. I did not anticipate his biting humans improperly, & believed he would have at once succumbed to Tartar's prowess, very likely as he had pluck enough to fight his temper got soured. Any how I am glad to know the end of the little animal and that he had so good a chance of a happy life had he been virtuous.
We are very sorry to hear of your boy's indisposition. Now he is on the mend it is to
be hoped he will be all right again very shortly. I told
Stephens the other day to ask you if you have tried any of Tegetmier's bee-hives and if
you find them answer. The general trouble with boxes is to get
them not to split and warp. There was a good straw hive made by Milton G
We are all pretty well & have real spring. The trees are in full leaf and bloom and all looking well at present. I am in much want of a good pony, which seems a hard thing to find here abouts.
Believe me, | Dear Darwin | Faithfully Yours | J. B Innes
- f1 3534.f1The year is established by the relationship to the letter to J. B. Innes, 1 May .
- f2 3534.f2See letter to J. B. Innes, 1 May  and n. 2.
- f3 3534.f3Innes refers to Horace Darwin.
- f4 3534.f4See letter from J. B. Innes to T. S. Stephens, [before 5 May 1862] and n. 3. The reference is to William Bernhard Tegetmeier.
- f5 3534.f5The reference is to John Milton, a tea-dealer and grocer of 10 Great Marylebone Street (Post Office London directory 1861).
- f6 3534.f6Eliza Mary Brodie Innes.