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Letter 1975

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

15 Oct [1856]

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    Has received fowls from interior of Sierra Leone.


Down Bromley Kent

Oct— 15th

My dear Sir

Many thanks for the Runt received this morning.

I have had some live fowls sent me from some way in interior of Sierra Leone, so that they are genuine Africans.— Would you like a Cockrel to look at & then kill if it so pleases you. I could send it to Carstang's carriage free. But I must tell you that Mr Brent called here the other day & looked at them & says they have no marked character, having a good deal of the Game in them, with perhaps a dash of the Malay, especially a Hen, which I shall keep for skeleton. I doubt whether the Cock is worth your having, but it is most entirely at your service.—

By the way I shd be very glad of a Malay Cock, if you can ever get one dead for me.—

With many thanks | Your's very sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 1975.f1
    See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856].
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    f2 1975.f2
    See letter from W. F. Daniell, 8 October – 7 November 1856.
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    f3 1975.f3
    Carstang is listed in CD's Address book (Down House MS) under ‘pigeons’. His address was Ship Tavern Passage, Leadenhall Market, an area of London associated with meat and poultry markets.
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    f4 1975.f4
    Bernard Philip Brent.
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