To Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell 3 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
When I saw you in London, you were so kind as to say that I might remind you about the note & sketch, which you said you would give me, on the position,, Latitude, approximate size, height above sea, & degree of separation by valleys from any higher land, &c, of the quartz boulders, which you saw in New Zealand;2 & likewise on the icebergs with fragments of rock, which you saw in the southern Ocean.— I am really most anxious to hear about these, whenever it may be most convenient to you to spare the time; though I fear that you will think me a very troublesome person.—
I am tempted to put 2 or 3 other questions, if you will be so kind as to answer them, if in your power, on a separate piece of paper & you can write answers at foot. These questions you will think very ridiculous ones; but they all bear in some degree on the origin & history of the cultivation of plants, & domestication of animals.—3
With hopes, that you will forgive me I remain | My dear Sir | Your’s sincerely | Charles Darwin
Reminds WBDM of his promise of information about the quartz boulders and an iceberg with fragment of rock seen in southern ocean.
Sends other questions [on separate sheet (missing)] which WBDM will think ridiculous, but all bear on plants and animals under domestication.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1848,” accessed on 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1848