Inquires about pigeons seen at Anerley show.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
When at Anerly Show the end of Catalogue which I got, was not completed; & I sh
The two young Scanderoons are coming on well & becoming feathered, & in about 3 weeks will be ready for you.—
I hope you are recovered from your gigantic labours at the Show.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
These Blue Runts stood next to a pair of black mottled Runts.—
- f1 1941.f1Dated by CD's reference to the Anerley poultry show (see n. 2, below).
- f2 1941.f2The second annual poultry and pigeon show held at Anerley Gardens took place from 29 July to 1 August 1856.
- f3 1941.f3CD discussed these and similarly marked pigeons in Variation 1: 195–6. He reported that blue birds of any race almost invariably showed black wing-bars. These markings characterised wild Columba livia and CD believed they indicated the origin of the domestic races.
- f4 1941.f4CD had promised Tegetmeier a pair of Scanderoons in letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 24 June .
- f5 1941.f5Tegetmeier was called in at the last minute to supervise the Anerley show (Cottage Gardener 16 (1856): 355–6).