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From Francis Galton   2 December 1871

42 Rutland Gate SW

Dec 2/71

My dear Darwin

The rabbits arrived quite safely and are in excellent condition.1 My man’s letter to tell me of their arrival did not reach me till after post time last night or I shd. have written earlier.2

Once again, most sincere thanks for your kindness in taking care of them.

Ever sincerely | Francis Galton


CD had been caring for some rabbits on Galton’s behalf since 13 April (see letter to Francis Galton, 14 April [1871] and nn. 1 and 2; see also letter from Francis Galton, 24 November 1871). Galton used the rabbits in experiments to test CD’s theories on inheritance (see letters from Francis Galton, 9 January 1871, n. 1, 2 May 1871, and 13 September 1871).
Galton probably refers to Charles Henry Carter; see letter from Francis Galton, 21 November 1871 and n. 2.


The rabbits arrived safely.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Galton
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Rutland Gate, 42
Source of text
DAR 105: A39
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8090,” accessed on 27 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19