To Thomas Henry Farrer 13 [May 1870]1
Down, Beckenham | Kent
My dear Mr Farrer
Enclosed a partial answer with hopes of further answer.—2 You had better sow seeds as soon as possible; but I fear they look squashed.— It is curious the turning up of flower; but I am afraid opposed to you.—3
I am endeavouring to persuade Mr. Bruce to have inserted in Census query whether in each household the parents are cousins: I am deeply convinced that this is an important subject: if you can influence any member of government, pray do so.4 Some few M.P.s will take up the question.—
I have given my reasons in a Chapt in 2d. Vol. of my Domestic animals.—5
Pray believe me | yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
We were both truly grieved to hear of Mrs. Farrer’s6 most serious illness, though I hope she is now quite well again.
Encloses part of letter from Fritz Müller on Passiflora, with seeds.
Is endeavouring to have included in next census a question as to whether the parents in each household are cousins.
- breeding behaviour
- information, data, scientific description
- number, increase and decrease
- queries / requests
- social behaviour
- specimens / samples
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7188,” accessed on 4 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7188