From Alfred Newton 31 October 1863
Magdalene College, | Cambridge.
31 Oct. 1863.
My dear Sir,
I have the pleasure to enclose you a copy of my remarks on the Red-legged Partridge’s foot concerning which I before wrote to you—1 The specimen I have left at the Zoological Society’s House (11 Hanover Square) and it will be delivered to any messenger you may send for it. I regret that so long a delay has taken place in this matter—which I fear must be fatal to the vitality of any seeds enclosed in the ball of Earth—2 However this was not my fault but that of the wood-cutter, who I began to think would never finish the engraving.
Mr. Buckland I see has suggested in the ‘Field’ that the conglomeration has been caused by a tumour on the bird’s foot, resulting from a wound—3 I should be glad to hear, whether you find this to be the case on examination.4
When I exhibited the specimen at the Zool. Socy’s. meeting, Dr. Gray would have it, that the ball of earth had not been gradually aggregated—5
This notion is I think erroneous and I trust you will notice what I have said in my remarks on this point, and bear them in mind when examining the specimen.6
With sincere respect | I remain, yours very truly | Alfred Newton
C. Darwin Esqre.
Tells CD where to pick up the partridge’s foot with the ball of earth attached; sends a copy of his remarks on the same. [See Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 13 (1864): 99–101.]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4326,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4326