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Letter 6913

Darwin, C. R. to Günther, A. C. L. G.

27 Sept [1869]

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    Thanks AG for full answers to queries.

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    Delighted Mr Ford will undertake drawings [for Descent]; comments on some illustrations he would like.

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Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Sept 27th

My dear Dr. Günther

Your answers to all my many queries are so full, clear & explicit that I have not a word more to ask, & they will be of the greatest use to me.—

I would not on any account ask you to write to America about which sex of the Chromids sits on the nest; but if you write on any other subject, I shd be very much obliged if you would ask.—

I am delighted to hear that Mr Ford will undertake the drawings. I had forgotten about differences of size in sexes; no doubt the female must be in due proportion smaller.—

Any species of Salmon, which presents during the breeding season the difference in jaws will do very well.—

Will you ask Mr Ford whether he has done the drawings of the feather of Polyplectron & Peacock.— I hope so, otherwise I shall have a terrible hunt to get out the specimens again.—

With the most cordial thanks & sincere sympathy | Your's very truly | Ch. Darwin

P.S. | Private | I wish you had told me some news about your child, & how you succeed. You have indeed had a hard & cruel lot to bear.—

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    f1 6913.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Albert Günther, 21 September 1869.
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    f2 6913.f2
    See letter to Albert Günther, 21 September 1869, and letter from Albert Günther, [before 27 September 1869].
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    f3 6913.f3
    See letter from Albert Günther, [before 27 September 1869] and n. 5.
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    f4 6913.f4
    George Henry Ford. See letter from Albert Günther, 23 September 1869.
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    f5 6913.f5
    See letter from Albert Günther, 23 September 1869 and nn. 3 and 4.
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    f6 6913.f6
    Illustrations of a tail feather of a peacock and of tail-coverts of two species of Polyplectron (peacock-pheasants) appear in Descent 2: 137, 139. There is a note with detailed instructions for Ford on the illustration of these specimens in DAR 84.1: 170.
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    f7 6913.f7
    See letter from Albert Günther, 23 September 1869 and n. 7.
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