To W. B. Tegetmeier 29 November 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have got skins of common black (handsome) Persian Cock & Hen, & Cock & Hen of larger breed, called Lâri from S. Persia, sent me by Honble Ch. Murray.—2 I hear some Poultry skins are on their voyage from Natal for me; & that a large collection is making for me by Mr Gabriel (Her. M. Commissioner) on the W. & S. coast of Africa.—3 Would you like the Persians to be sent to you at once or wait till I receive others? If I do not hear I shall understand they may wait.—
I really now think I shall have materials to judge of Poultry of World, for Mr Wallace is collecting in the Malay Archipelago;4 but the carriage is costing me a fortune! The Persian Box alone cost £4 s 4 d 10.—
Though I had originally intended to describe these breeds myself; I am convinced it will be better for science that you shd do it, & everything which I can get, (if you think it worth while to give up your valuable time to it) shall be placed at your disposal; & I think it will at least in the eyes of scientific men, be a new & valuable feature in your Book, & will be quoted years after we are both in our graves.— But you must not for science sake, & still less for my sake, give up time to this, if you do not think it worth your while.
Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin
Has received some poultry from various parts of the world.
CD is glad that WBT is describing the birds that he acquires.
- 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: 49)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2004,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2004