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Letter 6760

Ruck, M. A. to Darwin, Francis

[29 Apr – 27 May 1869]

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    Sends message to CD about development of horns in sheep.

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13. Kensington Park Road

Thursday.

Dear Mr Darwin,

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 Mrs. Darwin that I shall be very glad to welcome her in Wales

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | M L Ruck

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    f1 6760.f1
    The 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.
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    Ruck 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.
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    Clement has not been identified.
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    The Ruck home in Wales was Plas Pantlludw near Machynlleth.
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    See letter from Edward Jones to M. A. Ruck, 28 April 1869 and n. 1.
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    Ruck refers to Horace Darwin and Richard Matthews Ruck.
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