"I thank you much for your note. The object, of course, is what you say. I did not guess that I shd have to pay so much per hen to Baker & the experiment would not be at all worth such a sum. I have not a single hen worth sending to Steven's. If it really will not cost you much trouble, & you could get me some Hens & a young Spanish cock of pure breed . . . I will try to experiment and shall be very heartily obliged to you". CD mentions satisfactory local hens of a particular breed and an experiment being conducted on "Silver Barbs [with] black wing bars & white rump or bar at end of tail".
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I thank you much for your note. The object, of course, is what you say. I did not guess that I sh
If it really will not cost you much trouble, & you could get me some Hens
& a young Spanish cock of pure breeds, but not very good birds for
Our Carrier came up on Thursday & I enclose envelope if you will post it on Tuesday before general post, & add address of your poultry man, where you can pay for keeping the fowls for a day & porterage.
I have silver Laced Poland Hen. of one Breed, & I sh
Many thanks about Kidney Beans, but I had this var. this year in my garden. I saw & read the good Review of your Book.—
You really are most goodnatured in assisting me.—
In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Pray when you see M
of course you shall hear result of crossing fowls.—
- f1 2375.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November .
- f2 2375.f2See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November .
- f3 2375.f3John Crace Stevens was a natural history dealer and auctioneer at 38 King Street, Covent Garden.
- f4 2375.f4The fourth edition of Tegetmeier's Manual of domestic economy (Tegetmeier 1858a) was reviewed in Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 13 November 1858, p. 831.
- f5 2375.f5CD had asked Tegetmeier to obtain information from Harrison William Weir (letter to W. B.Tegetmeier, 2 October ).