Reports safe arrival of rabbit sent by WBT.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
The Rabbit arrived safely & I thank you heartily for all the trouble which you have so kindly taken for me.
I send a P.O. (payable to William B. Tegetmeier) for 1£, as
I thought it would be best to send even sum, & you can keep, if you kindly will,
the few shillings in advance. Then you will have to pay a
Porter to bring the Birds to me on Saturday morning the 21
With my repeated thanks. | In Haste | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
How cheap the Rabbit was!
- f1 1888.f1Dated by an entry in CD's Account book (Down House MS) (see n. 3, below).
- f2 1888.f2The Angora doe mentioned in letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 31 May .
- f3 1888.f3There is an entry in CD's Account book (Down House MS) for a payment to Tegetmeier on 4 June 1856. It reads: ‘Tegetmeier Rabbit & Pigeon: Peas [pigeon food]’.
- f4 1888.f4Tegetmeier sent a pair of laughing pigeons to Erasmus Alvey Darwin's house on 21 June for CD to take home with him on his return from London (see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 31 May  and 24 June ).