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To T. C. Eyton   22 [July 1857]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Eyton

I have been rather amiss in not before sending you the W. African Dog-skin; but it shall be sent off this very night.— I was assured by Dr. Daniell that it was a very characteristic specimen of the pure native dog of Sierra Leone &c.2

Dear Eyton | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The date is conjectured by the relationship to the letter to T. C. Eyton, 9 June [1857], in which CD offered to send Eyton the skin of a domestic dog of West Africa. Since CD states that he will send the skin ‘this very night’, the letter must have been written on a Wednesday, before the weekly carrier departed for London at 2 AM on Thursday morning. Wednesday, 22 July, is the most probable date.
William Freeman Daniell provided CD with several specimens of domestic animals and fowls from West Africa (see letter to T. C. Eyton, 5 October [1856]).


Sends TCE West African dog’s skin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Campbell Eyton
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.148)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2126,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6