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Letter 7211

Wood, T. W. to Darwin, C. R.

[after 26 June 1870]

Summary

Is surprised to find CD disagrees about the argus [see 7229]. TWW finds others he has consulted, including Edward Blyth, agree with him.

Transcription

I was greatly surprised & disappointed to find by your last letterthat you cannot see the Argus as I and some others do.f2Mr Blythf3 has just called on me & when I asked him whether he hadthought at all on the subject he said he perfectly agreed with meabout the markings alluded to. Mr Blyth also said he has had manythrough his hands while in India alive & dead although he never sawone display his wings. There are he informs me three specimens nowliving in Europe—1 male & 2 females but all separated. I looked atthe Museum specimen on Saturday in company with a young friend who isan amateur artist & when we stood a few yards away from the birdwe both saw very distinctly the art wonder in nature   Still I greatly admire your extrem⟨  ⟩ ⟨    ⟩ ⟨  ⟩nessin not admitting what you do ⟨    ⟩ You do not say how you likemy ⟨    ⟩ Studentf4 nor anything about the c⟨  ⟩⟨    ⟩ pheasant, the peculiarity in which, to ⟨    ⟩ yourattention, may be seen in any ⟨    ⟩ period of courtship, & Ihave made ⟨    ⟩ life shewing the unbroken stripes.

I was at the Gardens on a Sunday morning & saw your name in the bookbut was disappointed to hear, that you had just left.f5 May I ask thefavour of an interview with you when you are in Town again?

& believe me to remain, | Dear Sir, | Very faithfully yours, | T. W. Wood.

C. Darwin Esq. F.R.S.

P.S. Is not this matter one of those things which have been hiddenfrom the wise & prudent & revealed unto babes?

DAR 181: 146

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Footnotes

f1
The date is established by the relationship between this letter andthe letters from T. W. Wood, 14 June 1870 and 16 June 1870, and by themention of Wood’s missing CD at the Zoological Gardens on Sunday. CDwas in London from 24 June to 1 July 1870 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (AppendixII)); the only Sunday in that period was 26 June.
f2
See letters from T. W. Wood, 14 June 1870 and 16 June 1870.
f3
Edward Blyth.
f4
Wood refers to his article on the courtship of birds in theStudent and Intellectual Observer (Wood 1870; see letter fromT. W. Wood, 14 June 1870).
f5
Wood refers to the gardens of the Zoological Society of London atRegent’s Park.
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