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 19 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2953