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To Francis Galton   9 August [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug. 9th | Friday.

My dear Galton

I telegraphed to you this morning about the Rabbit. Our confounded carrier suddenly changed his day & goes up to night, perhaps he will bring the rabbit tomorrow evening2 If it does not then come I do not know how it had better be sent; if by Railway, I may not perhaps hear when it arrives at Orpington. Next week Snow will go up to the Nags Head on Wednesday night.—3

Ever yours | C. Darwin


This letter was previously published from a dealer’s catalogue in Correspondence vol. 20; the transcription here is from the original. The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Galton, 1 August [1872] (Correspondence vol. 20).
CD was taking care of rabbits that Galton was using in transfusion experiments (see Correspondence vol. 20, letter to Francis Galton, 1 August [1872] and n. 1). In 1872, 9 August was a Friday; CD had told Galton that the carrier (George Snow) left London on Thursday morning.
The Nag’s Head, an inn in Borough, south-east London, was Snow’s London terminus.


Alteration in the arrangements for the carrier to collect the rabbit from FG and bring it to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Galton
Sent from
Source of text
Union College, Schaffer Library, Special Collections and Archives (Mullen Collection, SCA-1181)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8461,” accessed on 28 February 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20