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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

Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] and to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 August [1856].
The characteristic features of runts are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4.
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856].

Summary

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

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1935
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Tegetmeier, W. B.
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 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1935

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