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From Edward Blyth   2 July 1868

July 2/68—

Dear Mr. Darwin,

Many thanks for the copies of your papers.1 I read them over carefully when on a visit to Dr Bree2 at Colchester last week.— It will interest you to know that there are now in the Z. G. specimens of the moufflon sheep from Corsica & from Sardinia, while I have examined some fine skins of the Cyprian race belonging to Ld Lilford, who indeed procured them at my particular request.3 It is remarkable that the three races are as different as many that pass for species. I noted, of course, your remarks about Primula vulgaris & P. veris.4

Yours Sincerely, E Blyth

Footnotes

One of the papers may have been ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula; see n. 4, below.
Charles Robert Bree.
Thomas Littleton Powys, fourth Baron Lilford, presented two mouflon sheep to the menagerie of the Zoological Society of London (the Zoological Gardens) in March 1868. A third was presented by another person in April, and one was born in May. (Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1868): 640–3.)
Blyth may refer to CD’s remarks in his paper ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula, where he mentioned the dispute over whether Primula veris and P. vulgaris (the primrose and the cowslip) were species or varieties (‘Dimorphic condition in Primula, p. 93 (Collected papers 2: 60)).

Bibliography

Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

‘Dimorphic condition in Primula’: On the two forms, or dimorphic condition, in the species of Primula, and on their remarkable sexual relations. By Charles Darwin. [Read 21 November 1861.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 77–96. [Collected papers 2: 45–63.]

Summary

Has examined three races of the mouflon sheep and remarks on the extent of variation in them.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6263
From
Edward Blyth
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 160: 217
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6263,” accessed on 20 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6263.xml

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

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