Sends information from a Kent sheep-breeder.
S. Johns Parsonage | S. Johns wood | N.W.
Dear Mr Darwin,
I send you a “case” which I think might have some little interest foryou.—f2 as follows:
A Ewe of the Kentish breed, belonging to Mr Beard of Norton nrCanterbury,f3 gave birth to twins, one of which was a pure Kentishbreed, like its mother and father; the other a pure Southdown f4 &continued as such through life. I put the follg. questions to him, & thereplies are Mr Beard’s answers.f5
1. In what particulars did the twin lamb resemble the Southdownbreed?
1. as to Head? Face dark.
2. as to body? wool short.
3. as to limbs? dark.
The Resemblance in all points was like a down.
Had the parent ewe ever been covered by a Southdown ram? notknown.
Had any of the ancestry of the ewe ever been crossed by aSouthdown ram?
Had the ewe any opportunity of seeing a flock, or even oneconstantly, while pregnant, or before that time?
Do not think it had.
Do you think Pangenesis would be the probable explanation of thephenomenon? by some early crossing not known, if so, it seemscurious that it should reappear when twins were born & in only oneof them!
Yrs very truly | G Henslow