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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier  [15–22 August 1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

My dear Sir

I write one line merely to thank you for your most clear chart of the Runts.— With respect to your very kind offer of Runts, I will hereafter write to you: if, as I imagine, you allude to the Victoria or Smyrna Runts, though extremely pretty, I do not think they differ in proportions & that is my sole object.—2 There would be no end to my collection if I allowed myself to be influenced by beauty.—

Far from thinking that you treated me “cavalierly” at Anerly, I was struck by your kindness, as on all other occasions, considering what a weight of work you had on your shoulders—3

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

The characteristic features of runts are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4.

Summary

Is collecting only pigeons that differ in proportions, so declines some birds offered by WBT.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1935
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 11)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1935,” accessed on 18 August 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1935

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6

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