Will forward the Scandaroons.
Is crossing all his pigeons to see which are fertile.
Hopes WBT's work on fowls' skulls is not forestalled by T. C. Eyton who also has a grand collection of skeletons.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I received the Victoria Runt all safe & fresh, & very much obliged I am
for it.— I did not write to thank you for it, as I
knew I sh
Many thanks for your offer of dead Turbits & Trumpeters, but I have
both.— If you want any other kinds, (alive) please tell me that I may see
whether I can supply you.— But I may be prevented as I am crossing all my
kinds to see whether crosses are fertile & for the fun of seeing what sort of
creatures appear.— I much doubt, indeed disbelieve, that there can be any
general law about colours &c for different species, even if there be for
varieties of same species. A M
I fear (but do not know) that both Laughers are males: The one has shed very many of
its dark feathers & is much whiter now.— That is a curious
remark of yours about pencilling appearing in cross-bred fowls.— How gets on
your paper on Fowl's skulls? I ask because this
morning I had a letter from M
My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Do you ever see M
- f1 1947.f1Dated by CD's reference to having received a letter from Thomas Campbell Eyton, presumably the same one as referred to in the letter to Eyton, 31 August , and by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August .
- f2 1947.f2See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August .
- f3 1947.f3Reginald Orton's Physiology of breeding (Orton 1855) is cited in Variation 1: 404 n. 138. CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
- f4 1947.f4Tegetmeier 1856.
- f5 1947.f5Possibly the breeder who had exhibited blue pigeons with bars on their wings, about whom CD had inquired in his letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August .
- f6 1947.f6See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 24 June .