Informs correspondent that he wrote to William Walton all that he knew about the guanaco.
Present state of his health prevents his acceptance of invitation to attend the meeting of the Society.
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I am much obliged by the invitation to attend the meeting of the Society, which I should have had great pleasure in doing, had not the present state of my health rendered it impossible—a circumstance which I must further offer in excuse for referring you to M
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- f1 567.f1See letters to William Walton, [1840–2]. Walton (1844) maintains that the llama and alpaca are varieties of the wild guanaco. In Natural selection, p. 442, CD refers to Walton's claim (p. 29) that alpaca and llama often breed together, but that their offspring are quite sterile. CD doubted this claim, but said that, if true, it would confirm the view that they are ‘distinct species, now utterly exterminated in their wild state.’
- f2 567.f2At a meeting of the Society's Committee, 24 April 1841, Walton referred to the manufacture of guanaco woollen cloth. He may have asked CD for information on the subject (Royal Society of Arts, Minutes of the Committee of Colonies and Trade).