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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1813

To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   1 January [1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan 1st

My dear Sir

I write one line to thank you very sincerely for the card for the Philo-peristeron;2 which I will certainly attend if I possibly can: if I do not come, I will send the cranium per post;3 but I hope that I shall be able.— I am sorry to hear that you have been harassed in what seems a most just cause.

Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin

Very many & sincere thanks for keeping me in mind about Pigeons.

Footnotes

1
Dated by CD’s attendance at the annual show of the Philoperisteron Society (see n. 2, below).
2
Tegetmeier was secretary of the Philoperisteron Society, a club of gentlemen pigeon-fanciers that met in the Freemason’s Tavern, London. See Secord 1981, p. 172, and E. W. Richardson 1916, pp. 100–2. CD attended the meeting of 8 January (Cottage Gardener, 15 (1855–6): 301), and became a member of the society on 14 October 1856 (Secord 1981, p. 176).
3
Probably the head of the jungle fowl from India that CD had offered to lend Tegetmeier (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 6 December [1855]).

Summary

Will attend the Philoperisteron [pigeon fanciers’ club] if he possibly can.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1813
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.2: 23)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1813,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1813

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