Raises queries resulting from their meeting. "All fish come to my net in regard to variation."
Is acquiring pigeons and poultry and would be particularly grateful for any of the rarer breeds that WBT could supply.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I must have the pleasure of thanking you for your very kind reception of me, &
all the to me really most valuable information, which you gave me. I can
assure you it is a long time since I have passed so interesting a morning. But I have,
also, an interested motive in writing viz to beg one or two little favours of you; one
is to measure for me the length of the upper & lower canine teeth in that very
curious skull of the cat: I had intended doing whilst with you, but the amount of
interesting talk made me quite forget. I sh
After being with you I went and ordered some pigeons & brought home two curious Ducks, the hook-billed & tufted.—
I have been thinking that it will give you as you live in country much trouble, to send me the less rare breeds of Fowls, & I could get
them by payment at M
Believe me with very sincere thanks. My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
When you catch your splendid Victoria Runts, please not forget to look at first flight feather.—
I presume the fresh head of Poland was the white Poland, & can you remember whether the prepared skull, on which I marked with pencil (H.) to show it was a Hen, & which you gave me, was, also, a White Poland?—
I saw & heard so much new to me that my head was quite confused.
- f1 1788.f1The first Sunday in December (see endorsement). CD had been to see Tegetmeier on Friday, 23 November (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November ).
- f2 1788.f2The case is cited in Variation 1: 48, where CD stated: ‘Mr. Tegetmeier has shown me the skull of a female cat with its canines so much developed that they protruded uncovered beyond the lips; the tooth with the fang being .95, and the part projecting from the gum .6 of an inch in length.’
- f3 1788.f3Tegetmeier's address at this time was Wood Green, Tottenham (CD's Address book (Down House MS)).
- f4 1788.f4Samuel C. and Charles N. Baker, dealers in ornamental poultry and live wild-fowl, 3 Half Moon Passage, City and Beaufort St, King's Road, Chelsea (Post Office London directory 1851 and CD's Address book).
- f5 1788.f5The poultry show, the largest in England, that was held at Anerley Gardens, near Sydenham, Kent. In 1855, it was held 28–30 August. CD refers to the Ghoondook Turkish fowl, a sub-breed of the Polish fowl (Variation 1: 229).
- f6 1788.f6Tegetmeier displayed the skulls of Polish fowl at the 25 November 1856 meeting of the Zoological Society, reported in the Proceedings (Tegetmeier 1856). As CD described in Variation 1: 266, the breeder, in selecting for a larger crest, ‘has unintentionally made the skull protuberant to an astonishing degree; and through correlation of growth, he has at the same time affected … the internal configuration of the whole skull together with the shape of the brain.’ The breed was illustrated in Variation 1: 229.