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DCP-LETT-3317

To George Robert Waterhouse   12 November [1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 12th

My dear Waterhouse

Many thanks for the enclosed interesting letter.—2 It always pleases me to see a clear-headed man on my side, & especially if he be bold enough to speak out, & thus render really efficient aid.— For it will require much speaking out before this side will receive fair toleration.—

Mr. Walsh has evidently been a close & good observer of Fishes.—3 What he says about the Sea-Trout in the Loch is very curious; & it would be very desirable that some professed Ichthyologist should examine these Trout.— It would make a good case for me.— But until thus examined & pronounced on, cavillers would simply deny that the fish was a sea-trout.—

I hope to see you before long, for I shall be up on the 21st to read a paper at Linn. Soc.—4

Did you ever look at the skull of the Borneo Domestic Cat, which I gave you?—5

My dear Waterhouse | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
Dated by CD’s reference to reading a paper before the Linnean Society of London (see n. 4, below).
2
The enclosure has not been found.
3
Walsh has not been identified.
4
CD read a paper on the two forms of Primula to the Linnean Society on Thursday, 21 November 1861 (see Collected papers 2: 45–63).
5
CD had obtained specimens of cats and other domestic animals from Borneo through James Brooke, the raja of Saráwak (see Correspondence vol. 5, CD memorandum, [December 1855]; and vol. 6, letter to A. R. Wallace, 1 May 1857). Waterhouse had examined a South American feral cat CD brought back from the Beagle voyage (see Variation 1: 47).

Summary

Returns a letter from a Mr Walsh – "a clear-headed man on my side". What he says about sea trout in lochs would make a good case for CD if borne out by professional ichthyologists.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3317
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Waterhouse, G. R.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3317,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3317

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