Has received nine skins from Walter Elliot of Madras; WBT may describe them if he wishes.
Expects some Persian fowls.
Can WBT inquire about the fertility of certain duck hybrids?
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Many thanks for your kind note: I ought to have mentioned, that the two other African cocks, have a treble comb; the two external parallel crests being small: otherwise the 3 birds are hardly distinguishable.
I have Mr Eaton's curious Book.—
The Malay Eggs would be much better in Spring; but if ever you have opportunity I
Since writing to you I have received from the
2. Black-boned, hairy Cock & Hen 2. Caffir Cock & Hen with curled feathers.
1 Cock of doubtful origin ticketed Rangoon
2 Common or Pariah Cock & Hen, such as are commonly kept by the country
Now if you would like to examine & describe these 9 skins, I shall be
delighted to send them you, ie if you yourself wish it.— They would
require to be sent in large Box, but not very heavy & I could send them on
Thursday week. to Carstangs or elsewhere, carriage free.— But I
I expect soon to receive some Persian Fowls, which are at your service, if you like, but please to understand that I do not wish to give you trouble & I make these offers only on the chance that you yourself would like them; for if you did, it would give me very sincere pleasure to repay you in small part, your kindnesses towards me.—
Many thanks for your enquiries about Finnikins. I have written to Geologist in Maestricht about these same birds, who declares he will take any trouble for me.—
I have received to day catalogue from Mr Bult of Steven's next sale, but there seems nothing that concerns me.—
Please in any notice about African Fowls, do not forget to introduce about their being brought over by the kindness of Dr Daniell. Also if you wish to see & notice the Madras Fowls say that they were sent to me by great kindness of the Honble. Walter Elliot.—
Would it be of any use, & shd
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1981.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 19 October .
- f2 1981.f2Eaton 1852. CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
- f3 1981.f3See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 19 November .
- f4 1981.f4See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 21 September . In the 11 November issue of the Cottage Gardener 17 (1856–7): 103, Tegetmeier reported on the 14 October meeting of the Philoperisteron Society and asked if any readers could inform him about the present existence of the old finnikin or turner pigeon.
- f5 1981.f5See letter to J. A. H. de Bosquet, [before 3 November 1856] .
- f6 1981.f6Samuel Bult was a leading pigeon fancier and, according to CD, ‘the most successful breeder of Pouters in the world’ (Variation 1: 208). John Crace Stevens's monthly poultry sale was to take place on Tuesday, 4 November 1856 (Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 25 October 1856, p. 719). Catalogues for the sale were available from his offices at 38 King Street, Covent Garden.
- f7 1981.f7No notice relating to CD's query has been found in Cottage Gardener.