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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Paget   18 January [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan. 18th

My dear Paget

Very many thanks for your note.2 One is led at once to suspect reversion, though that is an easy & tempting to trap to fall into. Your sketch has called up a fairly vivid recollection in my mind of a gentleman (M.P. for Shropshire) with whom I used as a boy often to shoot, & who had ears such as you describe.—3 I must look to the ears of our brethren in the Zool. Gardens.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from James Paget, 17 January 1873.
CD refers to Robert Aglionby Slaney (see CD’s annotation to the letter from James Paget, 17 January 1873).


JP’s note [8739] suggests reversion, but that is an easy trap. Will look to the ears of "our brethren at the Zool. Gardens".

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8740,” accessed on 23 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21