CD writes for Emma, who is ill.
Delighted with FPC’s “most just” article [in Echo?]. Sends £1 subscription.
Thanks for telling CD about the Fraser’s Magazine article [F. W. Farrar, "Hereditary genius (by F. Galton)", n.s. 2 (1870): 251–65].
CD wrote as Justice of Peace for Kent to the Home Secretary about Holder’s case.
Tropaeolum transmits every shade of colour if self-fertilised for six or seven generations.
Bassett | Southampton
My dear Miss Cobbe
My wife is rather poorly & so I write for her.f2 We are both quitedelighted with your admirable & most just article. You editorshave more power with your strong right arms than the Knights of old,in righting the oppressed.— Will you be so kind as to put my name downfor 1£, or—(whichever you think best) my name for 10s & my wife for10s.f3
(Charles Darwin of Down Beckenham Kent)
You & Miss Lloydf4 need not have your faith in inheritance shaken, withrespect to Tropæolum, until you have prevented for 6 or 7 generations anycrossing between the vars in same garden. I have lately proved that everyshade of colour is transmitted by the most fluctuating garden var. ifthe flowers are carefully self-fertilised during 6 or 7 generations.—f5
Thank you for telling me about the articles in Fraser, of which I shouldnot probably have heard.f6
Pray give my very kind compliments to Miss Lloyd: I hope the dear oldwhite cob in Wales is well.—f7 Pray believe me Yours very sincerelyobliged | Ch. Darwin
I forgot to say that I wrote as J.P: for Kent to Home Secretary,calling his attention to Holder’s case.—f8