To W. B. Tegetmeier 21 September 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
In accordance with your kind offer, I write to say that what I want far most of all is one or two good Carriers, & secondly a Runt of largest size & thirdly a first-rate Fan-tail. I hope to get latter from Mr H. Weir2 or Wicking,3 but when Heaven knows only. I have asked M Corker4 for a Carrier & Mr Gulliver for a Runt5 but strangers very naturally forget or will not take the trouble to send.—
I am become as much interested in Rabbits as in Pigeons & shd be very glad of any assistance in that line. The Angora has made a capital skeleton & is in some small respects rather peculiar. I want much the Great Hare Rabbit. Ducks, also, are very valuable to me & I want a black Buenos Ayrean & Rouen very much. I wd buy old Drakes at a moderate rate gladly.—
Would you object at any time to put in Cottage Gardener, a query whether any one in England has Finnikin or Turner Pigeons?6
At Leith Hill7 I noticed some very fine rather dark-coloured Dorkings with 5 toes, & all the quarter-grown chickens had hardly any tail at all, but which comes subsequently. Did you know that this was characteristic of any breed: I went to a Farm House whence my Brother got this breed & the good woman assured me that this was their general, but not quite invariable characteristic. The old Birds seemed all alike & true, so that I can hardly suppose the tailless condition to be owing to cross with Cochin, but so it may be.
I have only got as yet 1st nor of the Poultry Book,8 so do not know yet how you are getting on.
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.1: 5)
- Physical description
States his requirements with regard to pigeons and his interest in ducks and rabbits. Inquires about poultry seen at Leith Hill.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1957,” accessed on 1 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1957