To Alfred Newton 6 April 
Down Bromley | Kent.
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your kind note.1 After removing the earth I washed the leg I sat down to dissect it but found myself too weak, & then I am very sorry to say I threw it away, for it never occurred to me that you or any one else cared for a critical examination of the cause of the injury.2
I assure you that I regret extremely but the evil is now irremediable.
My dear Sir | yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin
CD has thrown away injured partridge’s foot.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4453,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4453