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To John Innes   19 December [1861]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 19th

My dear Innes

I hope Johnny’s heart will not fail. We will take much care of Quiz. If he comes pray thank Johnny.1 If you will see that the Dog is at London Bridge. S.E. Railway Station by one oclock, I will see that Snow, who is up as usual on Thursday, calls for him & brings him here safely.2

I had told Snow that he might be at Nag’s Head this day & gave all sorts of Instructions in case he came later, after he had started.—

I suppose you will very soon be off to Scotland; most heartily do I hope you all happiness in your new career as Scotch Laird or Chieftain, as perhaps I ought to call it—3

Pray give my very kind remembrances to Mrs. Innes & believe me. Dear Innes | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


The Darwins were to keep John William Innes’s dog ‘Quiz’ after the family moved to Scotland (see letter to John Innes, 15 December [1861]).
George Snow operated a carrier service between Down and London every Thursday. His point of departure from London was the Nag’s Head Inn, Borough.
Innes, perpetual curate of Down, moved with his family to his ancestral home in Forres, Scotland in 1862.


Arrangements for receiving Quiz.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Brodie Innes
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Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3347,” accessed on 13 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9