Has received some poultry from various parts of the world.
CD is glad that WBT is describing the birds that he acquires.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have got skins of common black (handsome) Persian Cock & Hen, & Cock
& Hen of larger breed, called Lâri from S. Persia, sent me by
I really now think I shall have materials to judge of Poultry of World, for
Though I had originally intended to describe these breeds myself; I am convinced it
will be better for science that you sh
Your's very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 2004.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter from W. F. Daniell, 14 November 1856.
- f2 2004.f2CD had asked Charles Augustus Murray for specimens of domestic birds and animals in 1855 (Correspondence vol. 5, letter to C. A. Murray, 24 December 1855). These pigeons were mentioned in letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 3 November  and 19 November . On 25 November 1856, CD recorded a payment in his Account book (Down House MS): ‘Wheatley & Co. Persian Pigeons *All Repaid by Brit Mus & Wheatley [interl]’.
- f3 2004.f3Edmund Gabriel. See letter from W. F. Daniell, 14 November 1856.
- f4 2004.f4Alfred Russel Wallace had left England to collect in the Malay Archipelago in 1854, and his name was included in CD's list of individuals to ask for specimens (see Correspondence vol. 5, CD memorandum, [December 1855]). In 1856 Wallace visited the islands of Bali and Lombok on his way to Celebes. From there, in a letter dated 21 August 1856 (Cambridge University Library (Add. MS. 7339/234)), he told his agent Samuel Stevens that his latest shipment of specimens included items for CD: ‘The domestic duck var. is for Mr. Darwin & he would perhaps also like the jungle cock, which is often domesticated here & is doubtless one of the originals of the domestic breed of poultry.’ Wallace evidently also wrote directly to CD, for CD referred to a letter from Wallace, dated 10 October 1856, when he wrote to Wallace in May 1857 (see letter to A. R. Wallace, 1 May 1857). The letter of 10 October has not been found.