To John Forbes Royle [12 April – 17 May 1847]1
Down Farnborough | Kent
I will send our village carrier next Thursday forenoon to call for the Books if that will suit you & I do not hear to the contrary. I will send an empty Box, which is, I think, the safest way of carrying them. I am aware that to borrow a book is at most times a cool request,, but I had no idea, when I asked you, how rare a book the Agricult & Hort. Journal was,2 & I assure you that I thoroughily appreciate your kindness in lending them me. I have long wished to look through some of the papers— I daresay I shall able to get through all the vols in a fortnight & they shall then be carefully returned.
I hope & believe that I have a really good character for returning Books & I am sure I have tryed many of my friends sufficiently.—
With very many thanks, believe me dear Royle. Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Will send village carrier for volumes [of the Trans. Agric. & Hortic. Soc. India].