Emma's illness prevents his attending Philoperisteron [pigeon fanciers' club].
Expects larger collection of skins from West Africa.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
What a very odd & curious fact about the colours & absence of
down—it is quite new to me: I fear that I have no birds of these colours
matched to observe it in. It really strikes me as very curious, & I shall be
curious to ask M
Your confirmation seems a strong one. Unfortunately I killed but the other day two yellow Tumblers.— Many thanks for your kind offer of Brunswicker, but I do not think the Breed distinct enough to be worth crossing.—
No news yet of the Persian Pigeon; but I have just heard of large collection of skins for me from further S. on W. coast of Africa.
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I hope that you are getting on well with your Poultry Book; I have seen only the
- f1 1992.f1Dated by the reference to Emma Darwin's expected confinement and to the letter from W. F. Daniell, 14 November 1856.
- f2 1992.f2The paper has not been identified, although it was almost certainly the same as Tegetmeier 1856, an account of the abnormal development of the skull of Polish fowls, which was delivered at the Zoological Society on 25 November 1856. It was probably read at a meeting of the Philoperisteron Society of pigeon fanciers. Tegetmeier later published an abstract of Tegetmeier 1856 in Poultry Chronicle (see Cottage Gardener 17 (1856–7): 284).
- f3 1992.f3Harrison Weir was a pigeon fancier and painter of animals. He did the illustrations for Tegetmeier's edition of the Poultry book (see n. 6, below). CD asked Tegetmeier for this information again in letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [18 June 1857].
- f4 1992.f4These pigeons were also mentioned in letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 3 November . See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 29 November , in which CD reported their arrival.
- f5 1992.f5See letter from W. F. Daniell, 14 November 1856.
- f6 1992.f6Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7.