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
Is collecting only pigeons that differ in proportions, so declines some birds offered by WBT.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 11)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1935,” accessed on 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1935