Acknowledges a box of worm-casts from India and a bottle of worms in spirits. There is no memorandum.
His book on expression is finished and includes valuable information from JS.
Down, Beckenham, Kent,
Aug. 12, 1872.
My Dear Sir,—
I received from Kew about a week ago some boxes with worm castings, no doubtsent by you; but I have found no memorandum enclosed.f1 Some of these castingsfrom South India are quite gigantic, and others seem very extraordinary; but Ihave not as yet looked at all of them. There is also a bottle with worms inspirits. As on so many former occasions, you have taken infinite pains tooblige me, and the materials seem wonderfully complete. But I am very anxiousfor some information with respect to these specimens; and I hope no letter hasmiscarried, for this would be a very great loss to me.
I have almost finished printing my volume on expression, which will not bepublished until November. I will then send you a copy, in which you will seehow valuable your observations have been to me.f2
With very sincere thanks,—Believe me, Yours truly, | Ch. Darwin.
There is also a block of grey consolidated earth. Also a tin box with pelletslike shot.