To John Innes 11 September 
Down Bromley Kent
I am very sorry to say that I fear we shall not see you when you come to Keston,1 for we have almost made up our minds to be off next week to sea-side for a month to see what the change will do for Etty,—though I have not much hope.
Your account of the Donkey has interested me much & would you be so kind as to have another look at it & observe whether its eyes are pink; but as you say it is rather cream-coloured than white, it probably is not an albino.— Did the owner rear it; if so please ask him whether it was born of same colour & had then no stripes.— Anytime will do for an answer.—2
I am sorry to hear about your house difficulties.3
Dear Innes | Ever yours very truly | C. Darwin.
Going to sea-side for Etty’s health.
Asks JBI further questions about a striped donkey he had reported to CD.