Thanks BJS for his account of S. America and the Fuegians.
Can BJS ask W. H. Stirling to make observations on expression?
Has asked Hooker about the fossil leaves, and he suggests they be sent to Oswald Heer.
Has just sent MS on domestic animals [Variation] to the printer.
Down Bromley | Kent
My dear Sulivan
I sincerely rejoice that you are able to give a some what improved account of your
health, & I hope it may continue improving. Your letter has
interested me exceedingly all about S. America & the Fuegians. I never
thought the latter c
Do you know M
It is an old hobby-horse of mine on which I am very curious, & on which I have
vainly sought for information. I will write a few questions on a separate piece of
paper, & if you can oblige me you might send it to M
I have written to Hooker about the fossil leaves; he fully appreciates their value but
says he has no time to work at them. He agrees with me that they
I am glad to hear so capital an account of y
My health is very much improved, & this is wholly due to diet & to riding daily, but I am never quite well for 24 hours Nevertheless I have just sent off to the printers a great bundle of M.S for a book on ``domestic animals''.
Again I must thank you for your very interesting letter, & with our very kind remembrances to Mrs Sulivan believe me my dear Sulivan | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 5330.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866.
- f2 5330.f2See letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866 and n. 2.
- f3 5330.f3See letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866 and n. 5. Robert FitzRoy had been dismayed to see the reversion of Jemmy Button to his `uncivilised' state when the Beagle stopped in Tierra del Fuego in 1834 (Browne 1995, pp. 268--9). For CD's reaction to the encounter with Jemmy Button, see Correspondence vol. 1, letter to Catherine Darwin, 6 April 1834. FitzRoy died in 1865 (see Correspondence vol. 13).
- f4 5330.f4Waite Hockin Stirling.
- f5 5330.f5The enclosure has not been found, but the questions were probably similar to the questions listed in the letter to Thomas Bridges, 6 January 1860, and to later questionnaires (see Correspondence vol. 15). CD received answers in 1867 to the questions that he had sent to Thomas Bridges via Stirling (see Correspondence vol. 8, CD annotations to the letter from Thomas Bridges, [October 1860 or after], and Correspondence vol. 15, letter from B. J. Sulivan, 11 January 1867).
- f6 5330.f6Sulivan had offered to send fossil leaves to Joseph Dalton Hooker (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866).
- f7 5330.f7CD refers to Oswald Heer. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 [December 1866], and letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1866].
- f8 5330.f8Henry Norton Sulivan (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866 and n. 18).
- f9 5330.f9George Howard Darwin (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866 and n. 17).
- f10 5330.f10For more on CD's health, see the letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August  and n. 5.
- f11 5330.f11The reference is to the manuscript of Variation, all but one chapter of which CD had recently sent to his publisher, John Murray (see letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December ).
- f12 5330.f12Sophia Sulivan.