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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Innes   15 December [1861]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 15th

My dear Innes.

I have got to go out & do not wish to miss a Post, so write in great Hurry, to say that we shall be delighted to have Quiz, who shall be taken great care of, & never parted with & when old & infirm shall pass from this life easily.—1

Most truly yours | C. Darwin


The dog ‘Quiz’ belonged to Innes’s son, John William (see letter to John Innes, 19 December [1861]). Innes, who had served as the perpetual curate of Down since 1846, had inherited the ancestral family home, Milton Brodie, in Forres, Scotland (see Freeman 1978, p. 172, and Moore 1985, p. 469). After moving to Scotland, he assumed the name Brodie Innes.


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Moore, James Richard. 1985. Darwin of Down: the evolutionist as squarson-naturalist. In The Darwinian heritage, edited by David Kohn. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press in association with Nova Pacifica (Wellington, NZ).


Delighted to have Quiz [Johnny Innes’ dog].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Brodie Innes
Sent from
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3343,” accessed on 6 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9