Is going to London on Thursday [22nd] and would like to call on WBT on Friday.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have to come to London next Thursday & if it would be perfectly
convenient I should very much like to have half-an-hour's conversation with you
on Friday morning & see your skulls & any birds which you may
have.— Would you be so kind as to take the trouble to send me one line to say
whether this would suit you; if not I must defer my call till some other
Pray forgive this trouble & believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 1782.f1According to E. W. Richardson 1916, p. 102, Tegetmeier referred to this letter in his ‘life history album’ as ‘Darwin's first letter to me, making appointment to come to Wood Green on Thursday, November—to see my collection of skulls, etc. Letter dated Nov. 16th, 1855.’ In an autobiographical article written in 1904, Tegetmeier recalled this meeting: ‘When he went away he took with him a box of skulls and other specimens, many of which have been engraved in his well-known volumes on variation, and this led to a friendship which lasted until his death.’ (E. W. Richardson 1916, p. 102). Tegetmeier was mistaken, however, in recalling that this was CD's first letter to him.