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From Francis Galton   26 May 1872

42 Rutland Gate SW

May 26/72

My dear Darwin

I feel perfectly ashamed to apply again to you in my recurring rabbit difficulty, which is this—I have (after some losses) got 3 does & 1 buck of the stock you so kindly took charge of, cross circulated & so have means of protracting the experiment to another generation, of breeding from them & seeing if their young shew any signs of mongrelism.1 They do not thrive over well in London, also we could not keep them during Summer at our house, because the servants in charge when we leave, cd. not be trusted with them. Is it possible that any of your men cd. take charge of them & let them breed, seeing if the young shew any colour then killing the litter & breeding afresh, 2 or 3 times over? I would most gladly pay even a large sum,—many times the cost of their maintenance to any man who would really attend to them. Can you help me?

As regards Spiritualism, nothing new that I have seen, since I wrote, for Home & Miss Fox have been both absent.2 I wrote a letter of overtures to Home, when I enclosed yours, but got no reply. I have kept up communication with Crookes & am satisfied that he has the investigation thoroughly in hand & delays publication on grounds of desiring a little more completion of data.3 He is a most industrious taker of notes. How very kind your letter was, about Home. It grieved me much that you had to speak in such terms about your health4

Ever sincerely ys | Francis Galton

Footnotes

CD had looked after some rabbits for Galton in 1871 (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to Francis Galton, 14 April [1871]).
See letter to Francis Galton, 21 April [1872]. Galton refers to Daniel Dunglas Home and Catherine Fox, mediums.
William Crookes, a chemist and science journalist, was investigating mediums (ODNB); he had published two papers in the Quarterly Journal of Science (Crookes 1870 and 1871) and published a further one in 1874 (Crookes 1874).

Summary

Again seeks help with his rabbits; hopes one of CD’s men can take them.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8352
From
Francis Galton
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Rutland Gate, 42
Source of text
DAR 105: A57–8
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8352,” accessed on 26 June 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8352

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20

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