To W. B. Tegetmeier 20 March 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Many thanks for your note & kind offers of assistance.—2 I shd be very glad indeed if you could procure me the Carriers as you propose. I shd considerably prefer black Carriers, as I have dun Dragons & the colour will be useful in distinguishing crosses.3 And I thank you for not buying the Runts: I have had a sick Scanderoon & the skeleton is now making.4 I was aware that the Leghorn Runt is very like the Scanderoon, but yet according to the German Pigeon Book,5 there seems some difference, the neck being not so long or so curved, & the body larger.—
If ever you shd stumble on any odd breed of Pigeon at Stevens, not very dear I shd be glad to purchase.
By the way I must mention that Mr Brent has sent me a splendid Cochin Cock, so that I shall not want such.6
What an excellent table you have sent me, as a specimen; I cannot doubt you will make a first-rate work on your subject.—7
I saw quite lately (& have just now been relooking over my papers, but cannot refind the note) that Pallas in his Spicilegia Zoologica (I think vol. 2.) has described the protuberance on the skull of the Polish Fowl.—8 This, perhaps, would be worth your looking to.—
I have had a most unfortunate, & curious in medical point of view, accident this morning; viz in 3 of my best, old Pigeons dying & 2 or 3 others ill, from overeating Bay Salt: & what makes it odder, they have been accustomed to it; but have not had any for 2 or 3 weeks: I noticed that they ate very much, but I never dreamed of its making them ill; but in 3 or 4 hours I had half-a-dozen very ill & 3 are now dead. I now remember before that it seemed to make them sick on a former occasion; this seems to me very surprising; but I cannot doubt in the least, that it was the salt & nothing but the salt.—9 The deaths happened in two houses.—
Pray believe me, Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Discusses various pigeons and would welcome receiving any odd breed. Some pigeons have died from overeating bag salt.
- 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: 33)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1844,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1844