To Francis Galton 30 December 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Galton
A young Mr. Balfour, a friend of my sons, is staying here.2 He is very clever & full of zeal for Nat. Hist.— He has been transplanting bits of skins between brown & white Rats, in relation to Pangenesis!3 He wants to try for several successive generations the same experiment with Rabbits.4 Hence he wants to know which colours breed truest. I have, of course, recommended Silver-greys.— What other colour breeds true? Can you tell me? I think white or albinoes had better be avoided. Do any grey breeds, of nearly the colour of the wild kind, breed true? Will you be so very kind as to let me hear.
I much enjoyed my short glimpse of you in London.5
Ever yours | C. Darwin
F. M. Balfour wants to experiment on Pangenesis. Asks FG to recommend coloured rabbits that breed true.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Galton, Francis
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8697,” accessed on 20 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8697