To W. D. Fox 18 October 
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Fox
Many thanks to you for calling my attention to the Hybrids.1 But I have seen them & read about them in French— I at first quite disbelieved the case; but I suppose it is true; though by chance I had a note from Lyell this morning, who reports that some French naturalists believe whole story is Cock & a Bull.2 It is the most curious case that ever was if true; for so many have failed to get Hybrids from Hare & Rabbit.—
We have been here for 4 weeks & return home in a weeks time.— We came here for chance of the sea doing Etty good; & it has certainly to certain extent succeeded.3 At one time this summer I gave up all hopes of her recovery, but she does gain strength at a snail’s pace, & now suffers only from indigestion & weakness.4 We, all the others, are well; though I cannot boast very much of myself.— I have done little of my regular work this summer; chiefly owing to incessant anxiety & movement on account of Etty. My correspondence about the “Origin” has also been gigantic, & a day hardly passes without one, two or three letters on the subject.
I have amused myself with a little natural History of other kinds; & have lately worked hard at the power of the Drosera or sun-dew in catching flies; & tremendous slaughter the plant makes.—
I shall be very glad to be at home again; for the weather is most dismal.— I hope that the world goes fairly well with you & yours.—
My dear old friend | Yours affectionately | C. Darwin
The hybrid case is most curious, if true. So many have tried to get hybrids from hare and rabbit.
Has done little regular work – correspondence on Origin has been gigantic.
Has amused himself working on power of Drosera to catch flies.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2953,” accessed on 3 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2953