Gives some observations on birds; has forwarded a box of specimens.
My dear Sir,
I have not time to write to you today, more than a word or
two; but may mention that I packed off a box of specimens to your address by the Steamer
‘Himalaya’, which left this on the
In haste, Yours truly, | E. Blyth—
C. Darwin Esq | &c—
Down Bromley, | Kent.
- f1 2221.f1James Thomson was a keeper in the gardens of the Zoological Society of London until 1852 when he was promoted to headkeeper. In 1856 he was sent to India by the Zoological Society to collect Himalayan pheasants for the gardens. He returned in 1857 with a fine collection of live birds (Scherren 1905, pp. 104, 117–18). Blyth had evidently arranged to send a further consignment to Thomson in 1858. Blyth was mistaken in believing that John Thompson, superintendent of the zoological gardens, 1852–9, was James Thomson's brother.
- f2 2221.f2CD's annotation refers to chapter 9 of his species book, on ‘Hybridism’ (Natural selection, pp. 388–462).