Asks WBT to try to purchase some specific pigeons.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am going to beg a rather unreasonable favour of you.— I called yesterday at
I would go as far 20
I presume that you could purchase a basket & send them with the enclosed address by some trustworthy Porter to Golden Cross, Charing Cross by 3 oclock. & I could repay you immediately for these incidental expences & whatever you paid for them.— But I am well aware that I am asking you to take a very scandalous amount of trouble.—
If by any odd chance a pair of black Carriers, very long in the Beak & narrow
in the Head, were to be sold for 20
Forgive me if you can & believe me | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 1842.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 20 March .
- f2 1842.f2Harrison William Weir was a noted pigeon fancier, animal painter, and member of the Philoperisteron Society who lived in Peckham, Kent. He illustrated Tegetmeier's Poultry book (Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7) and was to have provided the text for the pigeon and rabbit sections of the work if publication had not ceased prematurely. Weir and Tegetmeier collaborated on a work on pigeons in 1868 (Tegetmeier and Weir 1868). CD acknowledged his indebtedness to Weir in Variation 1: 132 n. 2.
- f3 1842.f3John Crace Stevens. See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 January , n. 1.
- f4 1842.f4The departure point for the coach that called at Farnborough, two miles from Down (Post Office London directory 1858).
- f5 1842.f5CD described the Leghorn runt as a breed of pigeons that was probably extinct in Europe in Variation 1: 144. He knew of it only through the description and illustration in Aldrovandi 1599– 1603 and in [J. Moore] 1765 (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV).