Would welcome any distinct breed of poultry and would be glad to have any good pigeons.
British Association | Glasgow
My dear Sir
Your most kind note has been forwarded to me here, but not your pamphlet. which no doubt is at my house.— I made my list as short
as possible not to be too unreasonable. But assuredly I
I did not put down Rouen Ducks, from thinking that they differed only in plumage
& from seeing some remark to that effect in M
On my return home I shall be very glad to send you my Journal.
Really & truly your kindness, is so much more than I could have expected, that I cannot attempt to thank you, but you will, I hope, believe, that I feel very | sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 1754.f1CD attended the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Glasgow from 12 to 19 September 1855. He was a vice-president of section C (geology). He and Emma left Down on 10 September, and CD returned on 22 September, going via Shrewsbury to visit his sisters (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 5, Appendix I).
- f2 1754.f2Tegetmeier 1854. CD's copy in the Darwin Library–CUL is inscribed by the author.
- f3 1754.f3See letter to W. D. Fox, 22 August . In his pamphlet on the care and breeding of poultry, Tegetmeier stated that the white Dorking was ‘obviously a distinct variety from the coloured Dorking, the latter having evidently derived its size, aptitude to fatten, and other profitable characteristics from the large Surrey fowl’ (Tegetmeier 1854, p. 33).
- f4 1754.f4Edmund Saul Dixon, in E. S. Dixon 1848, p. 126, had stated: ‘They appear to be identical with the commonest Ducks which we have everywhere.’
- f5 1754.f5CD's pigeon house had been completed by the end of April (letter to W. E. Darwin, [25 April 1855]) and by September he had acquired at least eight different breeds: pouters, carriers (dragons), runts, barbs, fantails, tumblers, Jacobins, and swallows (see letters to W. D. Fox, 23 May  and 27 [June 1855], and CD's Account book (Down House MS), entry of 30 August 1855).
- f6 1754.f6See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 31 August .