Is glad WBT is investigating "the tail question"; hopes he will work out "down & colour point". Is much interested in runts, which seem to vary more than other breeds.
My dear Sir
I write merely to thank you for your offer crossed yellow Magpie & Helmet, but it will be of no use to me.
I am very glad you are investigating the tail question, & I hope that you will work out the down & colour point.— I am really delighted that the Borneo fowls turn out in the least interesting.—
With respect to the Runt, I fancied by your having only one that it was not
valuable.— Have you any interest with M
My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. I presume you do not care for any of the Pigeons mentioned in my last note.
- f1 2108.f1Dated by CD's arrival at Moor Park on Tuesday, 16 June 1857 (‘Journal’; see Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix II), and by the relationship to the letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May  and 23 June .
- f2 2108.f2See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May .
- f3 2108.f3See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 12 [May 1857].
- f4 2108.f4See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May .
- f5 2108.f5Mr Bridge has not been identified.
- f6 2108.f6CD introduced the description of this breed in Variation 1: 142 with the remark: ‘Inextricable confusion reigns in the classification, affinities, and naming of Runts.’