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To A. D. Bartlett   14 February [1865]

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

Feb 14

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your note,1 answering so fully all my questions, & for the feathers of the Gallus.2 The rabbit has arrived safely, but most unfortunately for me the entrails have been taken out.3 If you catch the other, will you be so good as to send it unmutilated, to me

“care of the Down Postman | Bromley Kent.”

with my thanks believe me | yours faithfully, | Ch. Darwin


The letter from Bartlett has not been found.
See letter to A. D. Bartlett, 30 January [1865] and nn. 3 and 4.
CD wanted to compare the weight of the Porto Santo rabbits with that of other rabbits (see Variation 1: 113, 127). No reply to this letter has been found; however, the weight of the rabbit given by CD in Variation 1: 113 indicates Bartlett did send the other rabbit with entrails included. CD also compared the colour of the rabbits sent to him in 1865 with that of the Porto Santo rabbits they had descended from (see letter to A. D. Bartlett, 30 January [1865] and n. 2). CD had earlier made osteological observations of Porto Santo rabbit specimens that had been preserved in wine and in brine (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 6, letter to WDFox, 8 [June 1856]; see also Variation 1: 116, 120, 122, 126–9).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


CD sends thanks for feather of the Gallus.

The rabbit arrived safely, but unfortunately the entrails had been removed; if ADB catches the other one, CD would like it sent unmutilated.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Abraham Dee Bartlett
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4771,” accessed on 23 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13