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Letter 2280

Darwin, C. R. to Tegetmeier, W. B.

5 June [1858]

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    Hopes to begin pigeon MS in a week.

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    Has lately been working on bees' cells and wishes very much to examine a cylindrical one.


Down Bromley Kent

June 5th

My dear Sir

I am sorry to say that I have been so much engaged with other objects, that I have not begun with my Pigeon M.S. but hope to begin in weeks time.—

I have lately been hard at work with Bees cells, a friend having lent me a glass Hive, which could open, so that I cd take out combs. I have got commencement of cells; but I write now chiefly to remind you, shd you find the cylindrical Bees cell, how extremely much I wish to examine them.—

This note requires no answer, without indeed you shd have found the specimen.— You shall hear from me, whenever I have done with my Pigeons.— But I have lately lost several good Birds, my best Barb, & blue owl & good white Trumpeter—

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 2280.f1
    Dated by the reference to CD's manuscript on pigeons and by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 9 May [1858].
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    f2 2280.f2
    CD had promised to give Tegetmeier his pigeons when he had finished writing up the results of his study (see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, [21 April 1858] and 9 May [1858]). He began the manuscript later in the month (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 22 June [1858]).
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    f3 2280.f3
    CD refers to the ‘observatory hive’ lent to him by Louis Knight Bruce (see letter to W. E. Darwin, [26 May 1858]).
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    f4 2280.f4
    See letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, [21 April 1858] and 9 May [1858].
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