Much interested in WDF's letter on inheritance and courtship of birds. CD "in a great muddle" on many points.
Asks for further information on proportion of sexes in sheep.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Nov. 4 1868
My dear Fox
It was very good of you to write to me fully about your health. I grieve to hear that you suffer from so much pain; but I remember that in old times you bore pain well, & that is very hard to do.
Although you make such fun of your D
I fear that it must have cost you a great deal of fatigue
writing me so long a letter. I have read it twice over &
have been much interested by y
It is a shame to trouble you but I do not quite understand y
Many thanks for all your kind help. I do most deeply hope, my dear old friend, that your health may improve & that you may suffer less pain.
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
Do you know anyone, to whom I c
- f1 6447.f1See letter from W. D. Fox, 29 October . CD and Fox were both students at Cambridge in 1828 and had corresponded from that time (Correspondence vol. 1).
- f2 6447.f2See letter from W. D. Fox, 29 October .
- f3 6447.f3CD stayed in London at the home of Erasmus Alvey Darwin from 7 to 16 November 1868 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)).
- f4 6447.f4See letter from W. D. Fox, 29 October .
- f5 6447.f5William Bernhard Tegetmeier had placed a notice in the 22 February 1868 issue of the Field asking for information on the proportion of the sexes born to various domestic animals (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 11 February  and n. 2). For CD's information on racehorses, see the letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [before 15 February 1868] and n. 5.
- f6 6447.f6See letter from W. D. Fox, 29 October . The swan goose is Anser cygnoides. The domestic swan goose is also known as the Chinese goose (Madge and Burn 1988, p. 134).