Thanks WBT for his help with poultry
and informs him about his forthcoming work [Origin].
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have received the pretty Fowls all safe, & enclose P.O. for the amount.— I shall now want no more. I have already got Chickens from the Game & Malay. The Spanish Cock is in high health & looks splendid.— Most sincerely do I thank you for all the great trouble you have taken. You have not only saved me much trouble & considerable expence, but you have assisted me in a better manner than I could have done myself—
I shall go next month to press with an abstract of my general views on the origin of species, & it will make a volume of about 500 pages, & I shall have much pleasure in sending you a copy when it is published.— I shall give abstract of conclusions at which I have arrived on Bees cells.—
Believe me with many thanks | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 2450a.f1Dated by CD's reference to going ‘to press’ next month. CD recorded that he began reading proof-sheets of Origin in May 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f2 2450a.f2In CD's Account book (Down House MS), there is an entry dated 6 April 1859 for a payment of 9s to Tegetmeier for poultry.
- f3 2450a.f3For CD's intention to cross various breeds of fowl to see whether the ancestral colouring would appear, see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November , 27 [November 1858], and 24 December .
- f4 2450a.f4This letter was tipped into Tegetmeier's presentation copy of the first edition of Origin.
- f5 2450a.f5See Origin, pp. 224–35.