Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
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Madam | Your obliged servant | Ch. Darwin
- f1 7719f.f1The year is established by the address, with `Bromley' crossed out and `Beckenham' added by hand, a form that CD used from April 1869 to May 1871, and by the reference to Descent (see n. 3, below), which was published in 1871.
- f2 7719f.f2See letter from E. J. Pfeiffer, [before 26 April 1871].
- f3 7719f.f3CD refers to Descent 2: 124, where he states that male birds `best able by their various charms to please or excite the female, are under ordinary circumstances accepted'.
- f4 7719f.f4See letter from E. J. Pfeiffer, [before 26 April 1871].