To A. A. Gould 6 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I write one line to return you my very sincere thanks for the kind manner in which you have so effectually & completely procured me an answer from the highest authority on the habit of your Cuckoo.2 If you have any communication with Dr Brewer, I hope that you will present him my best thanks. How Mr Yarrell could have erred so much I cannot conceive; & I am heartily glad I did not trust to his authority.3
I, also, regretted very sincerely that I had not the pleasure of seeing you when in England; but I was at that time quite incapable of any exertion, & this is indeed almost my chronic state.
I cannot help much regretting to hear that your time is so much taken up that you have but little leisure for natural History. An account of the Japan shells, would, I shd think, be very interesting under a geographical point of view, to which you have so much attended.4
With my sincere thanks for your constant kindness to me, pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Thanks AAG for procuring an authoritative answer from T. M. Brewer on the habits of the [American] cuckoo. Surprised William Yarrell erred so much.
Wishes AAG had time to give an account of Japanese shells, which would be interesting from the geographical point of view.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2448,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2448