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Letter 2450A

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

9 Apr [1859]

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    Thanks WBT for his help with poultry

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    and informs him about his forthcoming work [Origin].


Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 9th

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

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    f1 2450a.f1
    Dated 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).
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    f2 2450a.f2
    In CD's Account book (Down House MS), there is an entry dated 6 April 1859 for a payment of 9s to Tegetmeier for poultry.
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    f3 2450a.f3
    For 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 [1858], 27 [November 1858], and 24 December [1858].
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    f4 2450a.f4
    This letter was tipped into Tegetmeier's presentation copy of the first edition of Origin.
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    f5 2450a.f5
    See Origin, pp. 224–35.
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