Is attempting to get skins of poultry from all quarters of the world. Wants to inspect poultry collections.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have been unwell for a week, otherwise I
I have sent a few addresses, as possibly saving you a very little trouble.—
I do not think I shall come up to London for a few weeks, but when I do I shall ask
permission to visit either M
With very sincere thanks | Your's truly | C. Darwin
- f1 1820.f1CD refers to John Crace Stevens, auctioneer at 38 King Street, Covent Garden. Advertisements appeared occasionally in the Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette of auctions of poultry at Stevens's address. CD wanted old cocks of different breeds of fowl for his study of their osteological differences.
- f2 1820.f2Robert Pulleine and John Baily (see letter to W. D. Fox, 3 January  and n. 5).
- f3 1820.f3See Correspondence vol. 5, CD memorandum, [December 1855].
- f4 1820.f4CD donated his collection of sixty domestic pigeons and six ducks to the British Museum in 1867 (British Museum (Natural History) 1904–6, 2: 256 and 336).
- f5 1820.f5Matthew Wicking and Benjamin Edmund Bult were members of the Philoperisteron Society, and CD probably met them at the society's meeting of 8 January (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 1 January , n. 2). In Natural selection, p. 258, CD referred to Wicking as having ‘kept a larger stock of various breeds [of pigeons] together than any man probably in Britain’ and in Variation 1: 201, as having had ‘more experience than any other person in England in breeding pigeons of various colours’. In Variation 1: 208, CD described Bult as ‘the most successful breeder of Pouters in the world’. See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [1 February 1856], in which a meeting with Bult was arranged and letter to W. E. Darwin, [26 February 1856], in which CD mentions a visit to Wicking.