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To T. C. Eyton   3 December [1855]

Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 3d.

Dear Eyton

Very many thanks for the information which will be of the greatest use to me.— I am well in my subject & have got several Pigeons already in water & very many alive & flourishing, & I mean to try to get Domestic Pigeons from all parts of the world.—1

I am delighted to hear that you are at dogs;2 it will be splendid for my work individually, & I am sure most desirable for Science.

I have somewhere, I am almost certain, the head of a Chinese Dog:3 would you like to have this? if so (always supposing that I can find it) shall I send it you direct, or have it left anywhere in London.—

I have alive a German Spitz Dog,4 very pure bred; if it shd. die, shd. I send you the carcase? but as it is young, probably it will live long.—

With many thanks | Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin


See CD’s memorandum, [December 1855].
See letter to T. C. Eyton, 25 October [1855].
In CD’s Questions and experiments notebook, p. 22 (Notebooks), there is a list of points to discuss with Eyton dated October 1844, including a reference to ‘Chinese Dog’s Head to send’.
A pomeranian dog.


Notebooks: Charles Darwin’s notebooks, 1836–1844. Geology, transmutation of species, metaphysical enquiries. Transcribed and edited by Paul H. Barrett et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the British Museum (Natural History). 1987.


Now has several pigeons, and intends to get pigeons from all parts of the world.

Glad TCE is working at dogs. Would TCE like head of Chinese dog?

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Campbell Eyton
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.116)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1789,” accessed on 1 June 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5