Thanks WBT for help with pigeons and poultry.
Will probably be away at the time of Anerley show.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
To take your note seriatim, I am very much obliged for the authentic information in
regard to the Laughing Pigeons: I shall be most
particularly glad to have the pair you refer to at
I am almost sorry I did not get the Silk fowls for
Very many thanks for the renewed offer of the Silver-spangled Poland eggs.—
With respect to the Anerley Show, I have very great fears I shall not be at home, which I shall very much regret; but I am going to take my whole Family to Tenby for a month or 5 weeks, & I doubt whether I shall have returned.
If you really think the committee would like my name, certainly I can have no sort of objection to the compliment thus paid me.
I suppose in such cases any sort of title is adviseable, so that you can, if you think
fit, append to my name “Vice Pres: Royal Society” &
F. Zoolog. Soc.
With many thanks for all your kindness, pray believe me | Your's very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
PS. With respect to Steven's sale-list if you see anything which might
interest me, I sh
- f1 1873.f1Dated by the reference to the Anerley show and to CD's proposed Tenby trip (see nn. 3 and 4, below).
- f2 1873.f2See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 April .
- f3 1873.f3The poultry and pigeon show held from 29 July to 1 August 1856 at Anerley Gardens, near the Crystal Palace in Sydenham, Kent. CD had attended the 1855 exhibition (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to W. D. Fox, 31 July ). The 1856 show was the last one held because it failed to meet expenses (see Secord 1981, p. 171).
- f4 1873.f4The Darwin family did not go to Tenby because of Emma Darwin's poor health (see letter to W. D. Fox, 8 June ), so CD was able to attend the Anerley exhibition (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August ).
- f5 1873.f5Possibly a reference to the fact that Tegetmeier was the general manager of the poultry section for the Anerley show (Cottage Gardener 16 (1856): 339). No specific use of CD's name has been found in reports of the Anerley show.
- f6 1873.f6The sale catalogue of John Crace Stevens, poultry and pigeon auctioneer in Covent Garden, London.