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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Jonathan Peel   6 March [1868]1

6. Queen Anne Street | W.

March 6th

Dear Sir,

I thank you for your very obliging letter, & for your account of the Lonk Sheep.2 It is very interesting & seems to me capitally written. I wish my fellow naturalists would read such articles, for some of them would think more of natural selection if they appreciated more fully what man can do. At the same time I must say the mere naturalists are coming round at a great rate, & very few of the younger men think each flea & bug was separately created. I am much obliged also for the case of the mountain ash.—3

You ask after my brother,4 who sends his kind remembrances to you. I am writing this in his house, for I live in Kent.

My brother’s health is now very poor & often for long periods he is not able to go into Society, which is a great loss to him & I think I may add to his friends.—

For the chance of your ever having made any careful observations on the numerical relations of the sexes of sheep, I should be very much obliged if you can tell me from your own knowledge, or from an apparently well-established belief whether more males or females are annually born, & whether on certain years more males or females are born.— If I do not hear I will understand that you have not attended to the point.—

With my best thanks, I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir, | Yours faithfully & obliged, | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Jonathan Peel, 4 March 1868.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin.

Summary

Obliged for JP’s account of sheep. Such articles would make naturalists think more of natural selection.

E. A. Darwin’s health bad.

Asks about sex ratio in sheep births.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5983
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Jonathan Peel
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
John Wilson (dealer) (2004) & DAR 147: 240
Physical description
4pp1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5983,” accessed on 21 April 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5983

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16

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