From Philip Gidley King 25 February 1869
My dear Mr. Darwin.
On reading the enclosed I could not help thinking of you. I suppose the variety is a sport—but who can say what might not be made of it by crossing & judicious selection—.1
Did you ever get any answers to your queries about the habits and manners of our black fellows.2 I tried to make some answers but I found myself unable to distinguish the aboriginal manner from the acquired habit. All blacks I have associated with have been more or less civilized.—
I often think of you & read yr works. I obtained the first copy of yr Domesticated Animals &c that arrived in the Colony. & noticed with much pleasure yr mention of my name—.3
I hope you enj〈oy〉 better health than f〈or〉merly— you & I will soon 〈be the〉 last relics of the 〈old〉 Beagle.4 Don’t trouble to reply to this—tho I am always pleased to get a line from you. I may take a trip home one of these days & will hunt you up.
Ever yrs sincerely | Philip Gidley King
CD’s queries on expression of aborigines were difficult to answer because he encounters mainly those touched by civilisation. Hopes CD did get answers.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6635,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6635