Foresees WBT will work out poultry so well that CD will "be gladly saved the trouble". Would like some eggs from WBT's Polish fowl and thanks him for acquiring the Indian laughing pigeons.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
You could not possibly have done me a greater kindness than in bespeaking for me the a
pair of Indian laughing Pigeons.— And as you mention
that they were brought by a M
Upon my life you let me trespass too much on your kindness, all Fanciers, I find sell their choice eggs, & why not sell me a sitting of your Polish; but if you will not, I should be very glad of 2 or 3 eggs, that I might have opportunity of seeing them alive; but I foresee that you will work out the Poultry so well, that I shall be gladly saved the trouble. Nevertheless, I intend to keep a few of each sort of Fowls, that I may better appreciate their differences.—
The very next time I write to my Bookseller I shall order your Poultry Book, & much I am sure I shall find in it, very interesting to me. I am not very well today so no more.—
Your's very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S | About sending the eggs, the best way would be to send them by
care of G. Snow
- f1 1860.f1Dated by the reference to Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7 (see n. 6, below).
- f2 1860.f2Indian laughing pigeons are not mentioned in Variation. CD stated that he kept two varieties of laughers, both of which came from Arabia (Variation 1: 155).
- f3 1860.f3Possibly W. A. Wooler, who provided information for CD on Himalayan rabbits (see Variation 1: 109).
- f4 1860.f4See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 28 [September 1856], in which CD stated that carriers were the only variety of pigeons he had not yet examined.
- f5 1860.f5See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 20 March , n. 8.
- f6 1860.f6The first number of Tegetmeier's Poultry book was published in May 1856. This and the following ten parts of Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7 (after which publication was terminated) are in the Darwin Library–CUL. CD did not actually acquire parts of the work until 1857 (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May ).