Inquires about the habits of a litter of foxhounds whose sire was particularly good at recovering the scent in paths or roads.
My dear Sir
I trust to your kindness in allowing me to trouble you with a question on a point,
communicated to me by M
I feel that I have much cause to apologise for thus troubling you, I can rely only on your kindness to excuse me, and I beg to remain
Yours very faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin
Down Bromley Kent
- f1 735a.f1The ‘Down Bromley Kent’ address indicates date ranges of 1843–6 or 1854 or later. George Tollet, referred to in the letter, died in 1855 so the date cannot be later than that, and the unperforated postage stamp on the cover suggests the earlier period. The precise date is conjectured from the details in the letter relating to the habits of foxhounds which closely match details given by CD in his essay of 1844 (Foundations, p. 114). CD was working on his species essay in February 1844 (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II).
- f2 735a.f2George Tollet of Betley Hall was the father of Charles Wicksted and a friend of the Wedgwood family.
- f3 735a.f3Probably Thomas Botfield, who died on 17 January 1843.