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From Harrison William Weir   7 May 1869

Weirleigh | Brenchley. Kent

May 7th. 1869

Dear Sir

I have raised some hundreds of daisies from seed this last year. I send you some curious results— the green ones always remain green. They are all from different roots, and shew about the same stage of growth

I heard of a tame Rabbit the other day that had 18 young at a birth— I have one with 11 all doing well— the 18 were also all brought.— the greatest number wild Rabbits have as far as I can learn is 6.1

In greatest haste | Yours Very Truly | Harrison Weir

To C. Darwin Esq L.L.D. etc

CD annotations

1.1 I have … growth 1.3] crossed pencil
2.1 I heard … 6. 2.3] scored pencil


In Variation 2:111, CD compared the relative fertility of tame and wild rabbits.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.



A tame rabbit with a litter of 18.

Letter details

Letter no.
Harrison William Weir
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 181: 71
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6733,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17