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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   6 December [1855]

Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 6th

My dear Sir

Thank you much for taking the trouble of sending me the canines, & which I hope will arrive safely, & for answering so fully my queries. I was interested by stumbling on 4 variations in the Cat, within the course of six weeks, viz long tails in W. Indies,—curiously backward sloping tails,—tufted ears, & your case.—1

When I asked for the Ghoondok bird,2 I stupidly quite forgot that you would of course want it for your own work.— Pray do not think of troubling yourself to send me a M.S. account, for it will do exactly as well, or better, whenever you print.—3 At some future time, when I have got several skeletons together I daresay you would lend me the skeleton for a few days to compare with such others as I may have got together. Would you like to examine the head of my wild Jungle Fowl from India?4 But it would require a little cleaning.— I could send it in Box by Post, & you could return it same way, or leave it at my Brothers House at any time near Cavendish Square.— But I do not know whether it would aid you or not.— You could if you liked see whole skeleton, but this is too large for Post.—

With many thanks | Your’s very truly | C. Darwin

I sometimes send little notices to Gardeners’ Chronicle, but I have never communicated anything but trifles.—

Footnotes

See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [2 December 1855], n. 2.
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [2 December 1855], n. 5.
Tegetmeier 1856.
Sent by Edward Blyth from India (letter from Edward Blyth, 22–3 August 1855). This was the wild Gallus bankiva, described in Variation 1: 233–6 as the possible ancestor of the domestic breeds of fowl.

Summary

Variation in cats.

Is comparing skeletons of poultry.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1791
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Tegetmeier, W. B.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.1: 3)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1791,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1791

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