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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Francis Galton   12 August [1872]

I have heard from Dr. Carter & have told him I will send the Carrier to University College on Thursday morning the 15th1 I have told him that I have informed you to this effect

C. Darwin

Down. Augt. 12th.


Charles Henry Carter was a physician whom Galton employed to assist in his experiments on rabbits (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter from Francis Galton, 21 November 1871). Galton was testing CD’s hypothesis of pangenesis (see Variation 2: 357–404) by transfusing the blood of one variety of rabbit into another and observing the colour of future offspring (see Galton 1871).


Galton, Francis. 1871. Experiments in pangenesis, by breeding from rabbits of a pure variety, into whose circulation blood taken from other varieties had previously been largely transfused. [Read 30 March 1871.] Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 19 (1870–1): 393–410.

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


The carrier will call at University College on Thursday 15 August.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Galton
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AU 12 72
Source of text
The Whiting family (private collection)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8464F,” accessed on 20 May 2024,