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Letter 2375

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

27 [Nov 1858]

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    "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".

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Down Bromley Kent

27th

My dear Sir

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 breeds, but not very good birds for 10s each or under, I will try to experiment & shall be very heartily obliged to you.

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 shd wish for say 12 dozen Hens of other breeds, before specified & Spanish Cock.

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 Mr H. Weir, do not forget to ask whether his Silver Barbs had black wing bars, & white rumps or bar at end of tail.—

of course you shall hear result of crossing fowls.—

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    Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November [1858].
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    See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November [1858].
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    John Crace Stevens was a natural history dealer and auctioneer at 38 King Street, Covent Garden.
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    The fourth edition of Tegetmeier's Manual of domestic economy (Tegetmeier 1858a) was reviewed in Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 13 November 1858, p. 831.
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    CD had asked Tegetmeier to obtain information from Harrison William Weir (letter to W. B.Tegetmeier, 2 October [1858]).
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