From Bartholomew James Sulivan 11 January 1867
Jany. 11 | 67.
My dear Darwin
I went to Southampton to see Mr. Stirling off,1 and on giving him your paper he reminded me that I gave him a somewhat similar one from you before2—and from his and our catechists notes he had written some answers for you, but they were so incomplete that he did not think them worth sending. On searching his desk he found the questions & answers written by Mr. Bridges which I now send you.3 He will look out again for the points you mention & ask Mr. Bridges the catechist to do the same.
Your last question about the cattle I think I can answer.4 I believe the calves shew their colour from the first, the white cows had white calves. The cow that got me down once after I killed her calf was white with black head—& her calf was just like her. it was about two months old. I recollect in the South—where the cattle are nearly all white—after killing a white cow, a little calf not more than three or four days old ran alongside us to the boat; it was quite white or nearly so—5
when at Southampton I recollected your eldest son had settled there, so I paid him a visit at his Bank.6 I should have known him, though I had not quite recollected how many years have passed, & therefore was surprised to see him look older than I expected.
I hope when he wants a holiday he will run down here for a few days.
With kind regards | Believe me | very sinly yours | B. J. Sulivan
Has given CD’s queries about expression to W. H. Stirling. Thomas Bridges, the catechist, had previously answered some questions incompletely [see 2643]; BJS forwards them [see Expression].
BJS answers CD’s query about when some calves show their adult colour.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5357,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5357