Rabbits’ coats true in character. If the next ones are true, it is superfluous to keep trying.
Does not know why crying children rub eyes with knuckles.
Mentions FG’s article on prayer ["Statistical inquiries into the efficacy of prayer", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 12 (1872): 125–35].
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Galton
I was going in a day or two to have written to you about the Rabbits.f2Those which you saw when here (the last lot) & which were then in thetransition mottled condition have now all got their perfect coats, &are perfectly true in character.—f3 They are now ready to breed,or soon will be; do you want one more generation? If the next one isas true as all the others, it seems to me quite superfluous to go on trying.—
Many thanks for your note & offer to send out the queries; butmy career is so nearly closed, that I do not think it worth while.— Whatlittle more I can do, shall be chiefly new work.
I ought to have thought of crying children rubbing their eyes withtheir knuckles; but I did not think of it, & cannot explain it. Asfar as my memory serves, they do not do so whilst roaring, in whichcase compression wd. be of use. I think it is at the close of acrying fit, as if they wished to stop their eyes crying, or possibly torelieve the irritation from the salt tears.— I wish I knew more aboutthe knuckles & crying.—f4
I am rejoiced that your sister is recovering so well: when you nextsee pray give her my very kindest remembrances.—f5
My dear Galton | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
What a tremendous stir-up your excellent article on prayer has madein England & America.f6