To John Lubbock [14 January 1856]1
Very many thanks for the Books; I had meant to have sent you a line on Sunday, but quite forgot it myself.— Indeed we are all sick & miserable, & I hardly care even for Pigeons, so may guess what a condition I am in! Nevertheless, I have life left in me to ask whether you ever saw the Chinese Mr. Smith:2 pray do not trouble yourself to write, if you have to send a negative; but if affirmative I would write to him, if you think there is any chance of his helping me in the domestic Bird line.—
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
Did you ever give orders to preserve corpses of Sebright Bantams?—3
Forgive so much trouble.— | Adios
Inquires about a Mr Smith, who might prove helpful "in the domestic bird line".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1884,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1884