To W. D. Fox [15 February 1831]
My dear Fox
I am going out this evening & have only time to write about business—
I saw Baker this morning & told him your message about writing, which he did not seem to like, so I do it for him.— He has for you the following Birds, pair of Hen Harriers— 3 ash coloured Falcons.— Woodpecker— pair Bearded Titmice.— Shrike.— Swan. (I sent to him to Price, but have not heard whether he is up) The Swan is in very bad condition.— I have sent also a dusky grebe, which I procured sometime ago.— His bill amounts to 5£"3s"0. which includes a packing case 14s. & a bushel Ribston pipins 12s.— I have not yet paid Aiken but will see about it.— You will then be indebted to me to some small amount.— If you will give me directions I will tell Baker to send your birds off. (You had perhaps better have the engraving with them) Henslows former servant has left his service some time ago.—
Yours sincerely | Chas Darwin
I shall go away in the course of 10 days or there abouts.—
If you have not read Herschel1 in Lardners Cyclo2 —read it directly.
Informs WDF of a shipment of birds ready to be sent by Baker.
Urges WDF to read Herschel’s essay [A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy (1830)] in Lardner’s [Cabinet] Cyclopedia.