To J. J. Briggs 16 February 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Absence from home during the last ten days must plead my excuse for not having earlier thanked you most sincerely for your kind & to me very valuable letter, which gives me just the facts, which I wanted & which will be very useful to me to quote.1
with my renewed thanks | Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin
Sends belated thanks for the useful facts which he plans to quote. [See 3963.]