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To B. J. Sulivan   18 February [1868]1

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

Feb 18th

My dear Sulivan

I have been extremely interested by the Photographs: that of Jemmy’s son is wonderfully like what I remember of poor Jemmy himself.—2 Thanks for curious case about the stallions & your mentioning this makes me ask, on the bare though improbable chance of your having observed horses fighting or seen marks of old wounds, whether they especially try to bite each other’s necks?3 Do you know anything about male seals fighting together?

Do not of course answer unless you happen by an odd chance to have any such knowledge.—

With many thanks | Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from B. J. Sulivan, 13 February [1868].
CD refers to Wammestriggins, known to the British as Threeboys, and to his father, Orundellico, known as Jemmy Button. See letter from B. J. Sulivan 13 February [1868] and nn. 2 and 3.


CD thanks BJS for photographs of Jemmy [Button]’s son

and for the curious case about stallions, which leads him to ask whether BJS has observed that horses when fighting try especially to bite each other’s necks.

Does he know anything about male seals fighting?

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Bartholomew James Sulivan
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5889,” accessed on 4 March 2024,

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