To W. B. Tegetmeier [July 1856]1
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Sir
I am glad to say that the Laughers are quite well; & I have heard one make a very odd note, which I suppose was laughing.2
You may rely on it, I will rear the first pair & let you have them, of the Scanderoons: they are now sitting, but rather badly & whether they will hatch I am rather doubtful.—
With respect to vertebræ, I shd. not like to be quoted; but as far as one casual look went, they certainly seemed to have an extra neck vertebra; but whether they have not one less in back, I will not say positively, for though I have now many skeletons, I really have not had time to look to them well—it is so much less trouble to do such work, when one’s materials are nearly complete.—3
My present so called Scanderoons4 though much larger than the diseased Bird, which I had from Mr Baker,5 are not, I believe, nearly so well characterised.—
I shall be very glad to meet you at Anerly.6
With many thanks for all your assistance to me, | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I am very glad you are going to give a Paper to Zoolog. Soc.—7
Your Polands (one died) are going on admirably.—
P.S. I have just looked at skeleton & I believe I have made simple blunder; but the neck has not been well cleaned & I cannot make out certainly.—
His laughers are well, and he has heard them emit an odd note.
Thinks there is an extra vertebra in the neck of the Scandaroon, but is not certain and may have blundered.
- 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: 31)
- Physical description