Asks for information about male birds migrating before females.
Down, Beckenham, Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I feel that I have a sort of prescriptive right to bother youfor information. Mr. Gould told me that male nightingalesimmigrate before the females; and that he had ascertainedthis was the case with the snipe and he believed that it wasgeneral with migratory Birds.f2 Do you know anything on thishead? There is a man in or near Brighton, who sometimes writesin the Ibis, and who I imagine may be a bird-stuffer, and whoseems to have paid special attention to migratory Birds.f3 Do youknow to whom I refer, for if I could discover his name andaddress, I would write to him, supposing that you are not ableto give me information on this head. I fear that the migratorybirds are not largely caught by the Bird-catchers; and theSouth coast would be the best place for observation
Believe me, my dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I could no doubt find out the Brighton man’s address throughSclater.f4