To W. B. Tegetmeier 25 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
You could not possibly have done me a greater kindness than in bespeaking for me the a pair of Indian laughing Pigeons.—2 And as you mention that they were brought by a Mr. Wooler,3 I presume that you authentically know that they did really come from India.— I shall be, also, very much obliged if you will bear me in mind in regard to Carriers (or any Cocks.) at Stevens.—4
Upon my life you let me trespass too much on your kindness, all Fanciers, I find sell their choice eggs, & why not sell me a sitting of your Polish;5 but if you will not, I should be very glad of 2 or 3 eggs, that I might have opportunity of seeing them alive; but I foresee that you will work out the Poultry so well, that I shall be gladly saved the trouble. Nevertheless, I intend to keep a few of each sort of Fowls, that I may better appreciate their differences.—
The very next time I write to my Bookseller I shall order your Poultry Book,6 & much I am sure I shall find in it, very interesting to me. I am not very well today so no more.—
Your’s very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S | About sending the eggs, the best way would be to send them by Deliverance Coy. (or if not safe, by hand, & I can repay you) addressed exactly as follows. diag C. Darwin Esq.
care of G. Snow
Borough.ramme Mr Snow is our Carrier & leaves the Nag’s Head every Thursday morning. This wd. be safer than per Coach to Bromley.—
Foresees WBT will work out poultry so well that CD will "be gladly saved the trouble". Would like some eggs from WBT’s Polish fowl and thanks him for acquiring the Indian laughing pigeons.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- William Bernhard Tegetmeier
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- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 28)
- Physical description