Thanks for pigeon.
Are there Shetland birds chequered with black marks, as Carl Julian Graba states are in Faeroes [Reise nach Färö (1830)] and Col. King in the Hebrides?
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I ought to have written sooner to have thanked you for the very fine Pigeons received per post, a few days ago; but as there was a scrap, inside saying that you intended writing, so I delayed, but I will delay no longer thanking you cordially for all the very kind trouble which you have taken to oblige me.— The specimen was very fine & very valuable to me, for there were several little points, which I had omitted to observe in the former specimen.
I shall certainly not want to trouble for any other specimen of Pigeon.— I
see you most kindly note that the Rabbit is not forgotten. I
With my very sincere thanks for all your kindness, I remain, my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 2079.f1Dated by the relationship to the letters to Laurence Edmondston, 11 September  and 2 August , both of which discuss specimens from the Shetland Islands.
- f2 2079.f2CD had asked Edmondston to send him a rock pigeon (Columba livia) and, if possible, a rabbit from the Shetland Islands in his letter to Laurence Edmondston, 11 September .
- f3 2079.f3See letter to Laurence Edmondston, 2 August .
- f4 2079.f4Graba 1830, which CD recorded having read on 2 April 1856 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 18).
- f5 2079.f5CD included this information in Variation 1: 184, where he stated: ‘Colonel King, of Hythe, stocked his dovecot with young wild birds which he himself procured from nests at the Orkney Islands; and several specimens, kindly sent to me by him, were all plainly chequered.’