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Letter 6836A

Darwin, C. R. to Dawkins, W. B.

19 July [1869]

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    Admits that he had disobeyed his instructions and dispatched a box of bones to him by rail. Gives an account of the discovery of the bones at Perth y Chwaril on the Rhagatt estate. He has promised Miss Lloyd to obtain from WBD the English names of the principal bones.

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Caerdeon, Barmouth, North Wales

19 July

[… admitting that he had disobeyed his instructions and dispatched a box of bones to him by rail, giving an account of the discovery of the bones at Perth y Chwaril on the Rhagatt estate and his promise to Miss Lloyd to obtain from Dawkins the English names of the principal bones, with postscript and emendation in text in another hand outlining details to journey to Rhagatt.]

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    f1 6836a.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. B. Dawkins, 17 July 1869.
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    f2 6836a.f2
    See letter from W. B. Dawkins, 17 July 1869 and n. 2. The bones were found on land belonging to the farm of Perthichwareu in Iâl, part of the Rhagatt estate (Lucas 2007, pp. 320, 325).
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    f3 6836a.f3
    Mary Charlotte Lloyd was the daughter of the owner of Rhagatt, Edward Lloyd. Her brother, John Lloyd, who succeeded their father, was also dead by this stage (d. 1865) and the estate was controlled by her sister-in-law, Gertrude Lloyd, during the minority of John Lloyd's nephew, another Edward, who succeeded in 1878 (see County families).
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    f4 6836a.f4
    The original letter is complete and is described in the sale catalogue as being three-and-a-half pages long.
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