To W. B. Tegetmeier [13 September 1855]1
British Association | Glasgow
My dear Sir
Your most kind note has been forwarded to me here, but not your pamphlet.2 which no doubt is at my house.— I made my list as short as possible not to be too unreasonable. But assuredly I shd be very glad indeed to have any & all breeds, which you in your experience think distinct. It is a large coloured Dorking which has been promised me, & which I think from the quarter whence it comes may be trusted to be true of its kind; the gentleman (Rev W. Darwin Fox) who has promised it me, told me at the time that the White Dorking was very distinct, but I fancied, no doubt erroneously, that he referred only to colour.—3 With respect to the Polands & Hamburghs & indeed in the whole subject, I shd be most grateful to trust to your selection.
I did not put down Rouen Ducks, from thinking that they differed only in plumage & from seeing some remark to that effect in Mr E. S. Dixon’s Book on Poultry.4 But if in figure or proportions different, I shd be most glad to have it. So indeed with the other varieties you mention; which I omitted, as I before said, because I thought it would seem so ludicrously presumptuous to ask you or anyone to take so much trouble. I shd be extremely glad to have everything, which seems to you tolerably distinct. Especially glad shd I be for all good Pigeons; I feel the greatest interest about pigeons, since I have kept a few & watched their habits & ways.—5
On my return home I shall be very glad to send you my Journal.6
Really & truly your kindness, is so much more than I could have expected, that I cannot attempt to thank you, but you will, I hope, believe, that I feel very | sincerely obliged | Charles Darwin
Would welcome any distinct breed of poultry and would be glad to have any good pigeons.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- BAAS, Glasgow
- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 26)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1754,” accessed on 26 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1754