Will try to get more information about the supposed hybrid [of cow and deer].
The rumours about John Robinson [curate of Down] cause JBI concern. He will seek to get the facts – will try to protect Robinson against malicious rumours, but if he is immoral he must go forthwith.
Milton Brodie | Forres | N.B.
Many thanks for your letter. If I get any more information on the supposed hybrid you shall have it. She looks an uncommon queer beast to me. There is no suspicion of any tampering. The brother of the woman whose cow was her mother brought him down here as a curiosity; and sold her for £10. about her value if a common little brute for meat—
Your other communication is serious. I had a hint of the
kind, too vague to act on in any way, a few days ago. It was
my intention, on the sole ground of absenting himself, to
I am exceedingly obliged to you for letting me know there
are such afloat; and only to this extent do I consider your
letter goes, and it is entirely confidential. But on the one
hand it is utterly unjust to the Church to turn loose a
disreputable man; on the other it would be equally unjust in
me to refuse to sign Robinson's testimonials, and prevent
his obtaining another Curacy, or Preferment, on a mere
rumour, which, for all I know, may be a mistake of identity
made by some drunken blackguard. So I issue a challenge to
the whole Parish; which I send to you addressing the cover
I can only say that though I do not know M
I am quite sure you will support me in these notions.
How heartily I now wish I had resigned Downe many years ago I need not say. I do not wish I had never seen it for then I should have missed making many kind friends and I hope I have some satisfaction in looking back on intercourse with some good Christians who have gone to their rest—
With our kindest regards to M
- f1 6501.f1See letter to J. B. Innes, 10 December  and n. 2. The animal referred to was supposed to be a hybrid of a Highland cow and a deer.
- f2 6501.f2CD refers to John Warburton Robinson. See letter to J. B. Innes, 10 December  and n. 3.
- f3 6501.f3Frederick Allen's wife, Frances Allen, had complained to Emma Darwin about Robinson's conduct (see letter to J. B. Innes, 10 December ).
- f4 6501.f4See letter from J. B. Innes, 4 December 1868 and n. 2.