To Francis Galton 27 May 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Galton
We shall be very happy to keep the 4 Rabbits & breed from them.— I have just spoken to my former groom (now converted into a footman)2 & he says he will do his utmost to keep them in good health.— I have said that you would give him a present, & make it worth his while; & that of course is the sole expense that you will be put to; & I have thought that you would prefer doing this to letting me do so, as I am most perfectly willing to do.—
If you will send an answer by return of Post, I will direct our Carrier,3 who leaves here every Wednesday night to call on next Thursday morning at whatever place you may direct. Next week, we shall probably be at Southampton for 10 days.—4
We have now got 2 litters from some of the young ones which you saw here; & my man says that in one litter there are some odd white marks about their heads; but I am not going again to be deluded about their appearance, until they have got their permanent coats.5
Yours most sincerely | In Haste for Post | C. Darwin
Agrees to care for FG’s rabbits and will breed from them.
Plans to go to Southampton for ten days.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Galton, Francis
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8354,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8354