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Letter 1935

Darwin, C. R. to Tegetmeier, W. B.

[15–22 Aug 1856]

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    Is collecting only pigeons that differ in proportions, so declines some birds offered by WBT.


Down Bromley Kent

My dear Sir

I write one line merely to thank you for your most clear chart of the Runts.— With respect to your very kind offer of Runts, I will hereafter write to you: if, as I imagine, you allude to the Victoria or Smyrna Runts, though extremely pretty, I do not think they differ in proportions & that is my sole object.— There would be no end to my collection if I allowed myself to be influenced by beauty.—

Far from thinking that you treated me “cavalierly” at Anerly, I was struck by your kindness, as on all other occasions, considering what a weight of work you had on your shoulders—

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 1935.f1
    Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] and to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [1856].
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    f2 1935.f2
    The characteristic features of runts are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4.
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    f3 1935.f3
    See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856].
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