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To T. C. Eyton   27 [August 1856]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Eyton

Will you forgive me troubling you once again?— I believe that you have attended much to Herefordshire cattle.2 I have somewhere seen an account of two strains of this cattle differing slightly in colour,—I think in more white on face. Now what I want to know, is whether in these two strains there is any other difference whatever, so that you or a good judge, could generally distinguish these breeds by any slight character, independently of the one of colour.3 Will you be so very kind as to enlighten me, & not abuse me much as being abominably troublesome.

Your’s most truly | Ch. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letters to T. C. Eyton, 21 August [1856] and 31 August [1856].
Eyton had published The herd book of Hereford cattle (Eyton 1846[–53]).


Asks about strains of Herefordshire cattle.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Campbell Eyton
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American Philosophical Society (136)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1946,” accessed on 26 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6