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Letter 2301

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

4 [July 1858]

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    Death in family [Charles Waring Darwin]. Illness of children forces him to leave home and interrupt work on pigeons.


Down Bromley Kent


My dear Sir

I write one line to say that I have had death & severe illness & misery amongst my children, & am going at once to leave home for some weeks for their health.— Therefore all my Pigeon work must be deferred till my return.

I hope you received the P. order for the Bee-Hive sent about the 23d

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

If you are able kindly to send young Turbit— Please mark outside “dead Pigeon to be put in Spirits”.

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    f1 2301.f1
    Dated by the reference to the death of Charles Waring Darwin.
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    f2 2301.f2
    See letter to W. D. Fox, 2 July [1858].
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    f3 2301.f3
    CD had begun to write up the results of his study of pigeons on 14 June 1858. He was not able to return to the work until 17 August (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
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    f4 2301.f4
    See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 22 June [1858].
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    f5 2301.f5
    See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 April [1858].
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