CD has thrown away injured partridge's foot.
Down Bromley | Kent.
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your kind note. After removing the earth I washed the leg I sat down to dissect it but found myself too weak, & then I am very sorry to say I threw it away, for it never occurred to me that you or any one else cared for a critical examination of the cause of the injury.
I assure you that I regret extremely but the evil is now irremediable.
My dear Sir | yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4453.f1Letter from Alfred Newton, 2 April 1864.
- f2 4453.f2In his letter of 2 April 1864, Newton had thanked CD for his investigation of the lump of clay that was attached to a red-legged partridge's foot, and asked that the foot be returned for an examination of the original injury.