To W. B. Tegetmeier 24 June 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I brought home the Laughers quite safely:2 I shd have written sooner, but I feared to give rather a bad Report of one, which seemed ill the next morning, but is now better, but yet not quite well.— I shall be very curious to hear their coo.—
The Scanderoons have a very large massive frame, & if, as I suspect, they are youngish Birds, will be ultimately very large.—3 I shall be really pleased to let you have a pair, whenever they breed; but shd they lay only one egg the first time, I shall most likely sacrifice that, as I am very anxious to compare soon all very young Pigeons: but afterwards you may rely on my keeping the very first pair for you.—
If it shd turn out that you could spare a pair of Mr Gullivers Runts,4 they would be very valuable to me. I have a pair of poorish Runts from Mr Baily,5 but the Hen seems to be quite sterile; & I shall kill her before long for skeleton, if she does not improve her ways.— I am really glad to hear so good an account of your Polands: mine are Hatched, but I have not seen them yet as I was forced to send them to Farm House; we not then having a broody Hen.
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I counted my Pigeons the other day & I have 89!
P.S. | Do you ever see Mr Gulliver, if so, I wish you would kindly remind him, what a valuable treasure to me an old dead Bird would be.— I did once venture to ask him—
Now has 89 pigeons. The laughing pigeons are safe at Down. Can WBT spare a pair of Mr Gulliver’s runts?
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 22)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1909,” accessed on 25 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1909