F. M. Balfour wants to experiment on Pangenesis. Asks FG to recommend coloured rabbits that breed true.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Galton
A young Mr. Balfour, a friend of my sons, is staying here.f2 He is veryclever & full of zeal for Nat. Hist.— He has been transplantingbits of skins between brown & white Rats, in relation to Pangenesis!f3 Hewants to try for several successive generations the same experiment withRabbits.f4 Hence he wants to know which colours breed truest. I have,of course, recommended Silver-greys.— What other colour breeds true?Can you tell me? I think white or albinoes had better be avoided. Doany grey breeds, of nearly the colour of the wild kind, breed true?Will you be so very kind as to let me hear.
I much enjoyed my short glimpse of you in London.f5
Ever yours | C. Darwin