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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1935

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

1
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].
2
The characteristic features of runts are discussed in Variation 1: 142–4.
3
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1935
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Tegetmeier, W. B.
Sent from
Down
Physical description
2pp

Summary

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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1935,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1935

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