To John Murray 2 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Many thanks about the index. I have returned the M.S. with a note to Mr Dallas; it seems very well done but rather too full.2
With respect to the story of a hybrid from an ass and a bull (for I presume you refer to such) it is utterly incredible.3 Many similar stories have been propagated, but on investigation have proved entirely false.
The explanation has generally been a slight monstrosity.
My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Dallas’ index [for Variation] well done but rather too full.
A hybrid from an ass and a bull is utterly incredible.