Sends message to CD about development of horns in sheep.
13. Kensington Park Road
Caerdeon is most lovely. It is on the Barmouth Estuary with Cadir in front and delightful heathery hills behind. You could not do better. I spoke to Clement on Sunday last and he was so vague about his plans that I dare not feel sure you could have it and the other place is a thousand times more beautiful—
I am sorry it is not nearer to us but we can easily meet for expeditions in all directions—
Tell your Father that at present the Sheep question stands
thus— Horns are always like felt at birth, but do not develope
themselves much for a fortnight or more and that earlier in the
Males. I have several people on the look out and will send more
certain information when the season is more advanced. I hope
Horace is well give him my love please and say that we have his
things here and will give them to Dickie Tell M
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | M L Ruck
- f1 6760.f1The date range is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Jones to M. A. Ruck, 28 April 1869, and by a note dated `May 29/69/' written on the verso of the second page of the letter. In 1869, the first Thursday after 28 April was 29 April, and the last Thursday before 29 May was 27 May.
- f2 6760.f2Ruck refers to Plas Caerdeon, the house where the Darwins stayed from 12 June to 30 July 1869 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242); see also Emma Darwin (1904), 2: 228). She also refers to the mountain Cader Idris.
- f3 6760.f3Clement has not been identified.
- f4 6760.f4The Ruck home in Wales was Plas Pantlludw near Machynlleth.
- f5 6760.f5See letter from Edward Jones to M. A. Ruck, 28 April 1869 and n. 1.
- f6 6760.f6Ruck refers to Horace Darwin and Richard Matthews Ruck.