To W. B. Tegetmeier 14 January 
Down Bromley Kent
Jan. 14th —
My dear Sir
I have been unwell for a week, otherwise I shd not have left so many days elapse without thanking you very sincerely for your most kind offer of buying for me old Cocks at Stephens.—1 I have only one skeleton as yet, of a good Spanish Cock, so that I shd be glad of anything or everything, which you consider a distinct breed. I shd be willing to go to 5s per bird.— My old friend the Rev. R. Pulleine (whose name, I daresay you have heard as a good Poultry judge) sent me a message the other day that he was sure that Mr Baily would at his request send me anything;2 but I believe your scheme is more sure & I will not as yet try Baily. I am in no hurry. If I succeed in my attempts to get the skins of Poultry from all quarters of the world,3 I shall want skins of the breeds of England for comparison; so if you stumble on a bird in good plumage, I wish you would have its neck broken, instead of cut, & then I shall understand that you think it worth skinning, instead of skeletonising. Should I ultimately succeed in making good collection of skins & skeletons of our domestic birds, I shall give whole to British Museum.4
I have sent a few addresses, as possibly saving you a very little trouble.—
I do not think I shall come up to London for a few weeks, but when I do I shall ask permission to visit either Mr Wickings or Bults collection, & I will inform you, so as to know what hour will suit you, if you are inclined to come & can put off your visit till I do come, as it was evident I had better come as your companion, if you think it worth while to inspect these collections.—5 But I will write again nearer the time.
With very sincere thanks | Your’s truly | C. Darwin
Mr Bult, I shd think knew most, & it must be near to you, though far for me.—
Is attempting to get skins of poultry from all quarters of the world. Wants to inspect poultry collections.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.1: 4)
- Physical description
- 7pp †
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1820,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1820