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
- f1 1935.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August  and to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August .
- f2 1935.f2The characteristic features of runts are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4.
- f3 1935.f3See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August .