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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Henty   26 May 1868

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 26 1868

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your kindness in sending me the table about the Sheep.1 This is a really valuable contribution. I am ashamed to trouble you, but its value wd be greatly enhanced if you cd find out for me whether the sheep belonged to one breed & its name, or to several breeds.

With respect to the other subject referred to in your letter, you may like to hear that I have lately been informed by Mr Harward, a large breeder of Shorthorns, that he tried M. Thury’s plan, & that it quite failed.2

With my best thanks, pray believe me dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


CD refers to John Harward and Marc Thury; see letter from John Harward, 15 May 1868 and n. 3.


Thanks WH for sending a table about sheep. Wishes to know if the sheep belonged to one or several breeds. Mr Harward, a breeder of shorthorns, has tried M. Thury’s plan, and it failed.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Henty
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Source of text
Clifford D. Stromberg (private collection)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6211F,” accessed on 24 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16