Now has 89 pigeons. The laughing pigeons are safe at Down. Can WBT spare a pair of Mr Gulliver's runts?
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I brought home the Laughers quite safely: I
The Scanderoons have a very large massive frame, & if, as I suspect, they are
youngish Birds, will be ultimately very large.— I
shall be really pleased to let you have a pair, whenever they breed; but
If it sh
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I counted my Pigeons the other day & I have 89!
P.S. | Do you ever see M
- f1 1909.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 April , in which laughing pigeons and the possibility of acquiring the eggs of Polish fowl were mentioned.
- f2 1909.f2CD had been in London from 18 to 21 June 1856 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). The pigeons were probably the ones mentioned in letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 April . For CD's description and history of this breed, see Variation 1: 155, 207.
- f3 1909.f3See Variation 1: 142–3.
- f4 1909.f4See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 21 September .
- f5 1909.f5See letter to W. D. Fox, 3 January , n. 4.