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To Robert Patterson   21 October [1860]1

Down, Bromley, Kent [Eastbourne]

Oct. 21

My dear Sir

I [would] like to thank you for so kindly taking the trouble of communicating the Rat V. Rabbit case.2 I am very glad to have all such facts, but it is doubtful whether I would require to use it, so I will not give trouble to your informant of inquiring.

With many thanks, pray3 believe me my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The date as given in Praeger 1935, p. 715.
The printed text from which the transcript is taken reads ‘prey’.


Praeger, William E. 1935. Six unpublished letters of Charles Darwin. Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters 20: 711–5. [Vols. 4,5,8]


Thanks RP for communicating the "Rat v. Rabbit case".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Patterson
Sent from
Eastbourne Down letterhead
Source of text
Praeger 1935, p. 715

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2958,” accessed on 28 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8