Horns of sheep [see Descent 1: 289 n. 26].
April 28th. 1869
Mrs. M L. Ruck
your letter of the 19th instt., came to hand duly but as to make an examination to the matter you referred to, I have been for few days looking through the sheep & I have to inform you, that there are good many of the male lambs having a horns to be seen when they first born, those of the femels which shall have a horns at all you can feel them in the skin there are several of the males having a horns half an inch some times above the wool when they first born— The male once will grow sooner than the femels a good deal— Though there are good many of males & femels without have any horns at all, when they grow unto ful size they got no more horns than a head of a finger— My Mother is better but not yet good enough as to leave home for change of air But we expects that she will be able to go in course of a few days, She wishes to send her best respects to you & all the Family as well and so we do the same, my Father as well as myself
I remain Dear Madam | your most obedient servant | Edward
To Mrs M. L. Ruck
Pantlludw | nr. Machynlleth
- f1 6707.f1CD had evidently asked Mary Anne Ruck, one of whose sons was friendly with Leonard Darwin (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter to Horace Darwin, 26 [July 1868] and n. 6), to ask farmers in her neighbourhood in Wales about the growth of sheep's horns.
- f2 6707.f2Jones's parents have not been identified.