African fowls from Sierra Leone are pugnacious and amorous.
Downe Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am glad you think the young Cock worth having: it will do for the Pot, after you have
looked at it.— It shall be at Carstangs on Thursday morning, which is
first day our Carrier goes up.— These Fowls came
from interior village of Sierra Leone, & please state that they were sent to me
by the kindness of Staff-Surgeon D
I cannot think of anything else to tell you about them.—
If you kill the cockrel, you had better keep the head.—
I am truly pleased that the Scanderoons have been worth your receiving.—
Yours in Haste | C. Darwin
P.S. I sh
- f1 1976.f1Dated by the reference to the sale of William Yarrell's books (see n. 5, below).
- f2 1976.f2See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 15 October .
- f3 1976.f3See letters from W. F. Daniell, 8 October – 7 November 1856 and 14 November 1856.
- f4 1976.f4See letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August  and 30 August .
- f5 1976.f5William Yarrell had died on 1 September 1856. His collection was sold by John Crace Stevens, natural history auctioneer, 4–6 December 1856. The catalogue was nineteen pages long (Chalmers-Hunt 1976, p. 96).