To W. B. Tegetmeier 15 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am going to beg a rather unreasonable favour of you.— I called yesterday at Mr H. Weirs2 & he told me that some Leghorn Runts are to be sold on Tuesday at Stevens.3 Would you be so kind as to purchase a pair for me (or single bird) that is if the Birds have short tail, long legs & long neck, in short appear of a different shape from your Smyrna Runts, which in shape are like what I already possess.—
I would go as far 20s, or 25, or even 30, if they appear very distinct in shape; but Mr Weir thought that perhaps they would go for under 20s —
I presume that you could purchase a basket & send them with the enclosed address by some trustworthy Porter to Golden Cross, Charing Cross by 3 oclock.4 & I could repay you immediately for these incidental expences & whatever you paid for them.— But I am well aware that I am asking you to take a very scandalous amount of trouble.—
If by any odd chance a pair of black Carriers, very long in the Beak & narrow in the Head, were to be sold for 20s (I do not care much for wattle) I shd be glad of them. But the Leghorn Runts are important, as I shd never be able to pick up skeleton.—5
Forgive me if you can & believe me | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Asks WBT to try to purchase some specific pigeons.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 29)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1842,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1842