To Alfred Newton 27 February 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Professor Newton,
I am very much obliged to you for your corrections of my errors which are serious enough.2 That about the Chinese goose was a scandalous piece of idleness on my part, for I had a notion that it was described in the Amur expedition; but I was at that time so sick of my book that I had not the heart to enquire.3 These valuable corrections, I am sorry to say, are too late for the 2nd Ed. which is now printed off.4
I return the printed paper with thanks; I once bred a pigeon like that described, but the case of the buzzard, if not a hybrid, wd be very interesting.
With many thanks for your kindness believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin
Thanks for corrections of errors [in Variation].