To W. B. Tegetmeier 6 February 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Many thanks for all the many valuable kindnesses in your letter.
I certainly shall be very much obliged for an egg or two of any Rumpless Fowl.— I am anxious just to see how early in our domestic breeds a rudimentary organ is rudimentary.2
If you hatch any for yourself, it would save me trouble, & not cost you any more to send me per Post, an egg within (ie before) about 24 hours of the period of hatching; & for this I shd be very much obliged, though it is unreasonable to rob you of your valuable Birds. If you do not intend hatching,, I shd. be very glad of an egg to hatch.—
Very many thanks, also, for Black Drake, for which I cannot send till next Thursday. The carrier shall ask whether he can pay Carstang 6s 6d for it, as it will save my paying you, for it.—3 I have not as yet noticed much difference in skeletons of Ducks, but I shall now have all the principal Breeds.4
I am very glad to hear of Mr Gulliver’s Runt; I am now well off for skeletons of all the Breeds; as I have splendid Carrier from Mr Hayne.5
Your letter is full of good news for me; as I was the other day wishing there had ever been any account of crosses between Pheasants & different breeds of Poultry.—6
With very sincere thanks for your great kindness to me, pray believe me, my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. | By oddest chance this very morning I have heard of a German Pouter on sale! so will not trouble you.—7
Would welcome eggs of any rumpless fowl so that he can investigate how early in development rudimentary organs are rudimentary.
Has not noticed much difference between skeletons of ducks.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- William Bernhard Tegetmeier
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- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 5)
- Physical description