From Henry Fletcher Hance 3 September 1868
British Vice Consulate, | Whampoa, China,
3. Sept. 1868.
Feeling sure you will be gratified to obtain any reliable information or facts bearing on the domestication of animals as affecting change of form and producing varieties, I beg to forward, under a separate cover, a copy of the last no: of a very interesting little periodical published at HongKong, in which, in reply to a query I inserted after reading your section on Gold Fish, you will find the early domestication and ‘culture’ of these animals distinctly asserted, from Chinese literary sources.1
In cases where you might desire information on Chinese matters, and the early & unbroken civilisation of the nation would, I imagine, render their testimony in regard to domesticated animals & plants of peculiar value in your laborious & wonderful researches, I think you might find it well to make use of this journal as a medium of inquiry.2
I am, | Dear Sir, | Yours faithfully | H. F. Hance.
Charles Darwin, Esqre.
Sends CD an article [missing] on the early domestication and culture of the goldfish.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6348,” accessed on 31 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6348