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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Newton   6 April [1864]

Down Bromley | Kent.

Ap 6

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your kind note.1 After removing the earth I washed the leg   I sat down to dissect it but found myself too weak, & then I am very sorry to say I threw it away, for it never occurred to me that you or any one else cared for a critical examination of the cause of the injury.2

I assure you that I regret extremely but the evil is now irremediable.

My dear Sir | yours truly obliged | Ch. Darwin


In his letter of 2 April 1864, Newton had thanked CD for his investigation of the lump of clay that was attached to a red-legged partridge’s foot, and asked that the foot be returned for an examination of the original injury.


CD has thrown away injured partridge’s foot.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Newton
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Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/55)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4453,” accessed on 18 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12