Does not think the supposed cow–deer hybrid worth investigating.
John Robinson [the curate at Down] reported to be walking with girls at night.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your letter. I do not think the case
worth investigating simply because it is so wonderful &
opposed to analogy that no naturalist w
A supposed hybrid was exhibited in London between a Deer & Pony; but when examined by Owen turned out to be a monstrosity of a Pony, aided by some manipulation on the hoofs.— All such cases have failed when examined into.—
As I am writing I had perhaps add that rumours are very
common in our village about M
I do not believe that there is any evidence of actual
immorality. As I repeat only second hand my name must not be
mentioned.— Our maids tell my wife that they do not
believe that hardly anyone will go to Church now that M
What a plague this Parish does give you.—
Dear Innes | Very sincerely yours | C. Darwin
- f1 6497.f1See letter from J. B. Innes, 7 December 1868.
- f2 6497.f2CD refers to Richard Owen. CD had mentioned the case in a letter to W. D. Fox, 22 [March 1860] (Correspondence vol. 8).
- f3 6497.f3CD had already notified Innes of John Warburton Robinson's absence from the parish and raised concern about Robinson's handling of the school accounts (see letter to J. B. Innes, 1 December 1868).
- f4 6497.f4Frances Allen.
- f5 6497.f5For more on the maids who may have been employed at Down House at this time, see Atkins 1974, pp. 74--5.