Agrees to care for FG’s rabbits and will breed from them.
Plans to go to Southampton for ten days.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Galton
We shall be very happy to keep the 4 Rabbits & breed from them.— I havejust spoken to my former groom (now converted into a footman)f2 & he sayshe will do his utmost to keep them in good health.— I have said thatyou would give him a present, & make it worth his while; & that of courseis the sole expense that you will be put to; & I have thought thatyou would prefer doing this to letting me do so, as I am most perfectlywilling to do.—
If you will send an answer by return of Post, I will direct our Carrier,f3 wholeaves here every Wednesday night to call on next Thursday morningat whatever place you may direct. Next week, we shall probably be atSouthampton for 10 days.—f4
We have now got 2 litters from some of the young ones which yousaw here; & my man says that in one litter there are some odd white marksabout their heads; but I am not going again to be deluded about theirappearance, until they have got their permanent coats.f5
Yours most sincerely | In Haste for Post | C. Darwin