"The Pigeons are all quite well".
Sends thanks to Mrs Cotton.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear M
The Pigeons are all quite well, vigorous, & in good spirits.— They are really quite beautiful.— I have now 15 kinds of Pigeons!—
Pray give my very sincere & cordial thanks to
Pray believe me, | Yours most truly obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 1829.f1Early in 1855, when CD began his study of pigeons, Yarrell had advised him about breeds and how to procure them. See Correspondence vol. 5, letters to W. D. Fox, 19 March  and 27 March .
- f2 1829.f2Mrs Cotton has not been identified but according to his Catalogue of Down specimens (Down House MS), CD acquired red tumbler pigeons and trumpeters from her. CD's Account book (Down House MS) has regular entries, beginning in June 1855, recording payments made for the purchases of pigeons. By the end of June 1856, he had acquired eighty-nine birds (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 24 June ).