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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2068

To W. B. Tegetmeier   28 [September 1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

28th

My dear Sir

Very many thanks for the Catalogue just received. If the Black Hen Carrier shd be a good Bird (& if you do not know yourself, perhaps someone there can inform you), & I mean for my purpose with long beak & narrow flat head, I shd be glad of one, for I might pick up a cock afterwards. The Roman Runt is, I presume the same as Runts of Anerly, of which breed I have pair from Mr Baily.2 By the way I doubt whether Mr Baker’s3 Scanderoons differ much from Runts, they have rather longer necks, & hardly any other difference. They have not the red seam down the breast.—

The Rabbits being in Hutches will go dear; but if any old one went cheap & appeared good, I shd be very glad of it alive or strangled, as I have become almost more interested in Rabbits than anything else. In poultry I am getting less interested, though I am going on, & this very morning have sent four good Hens to be skeletonised.—4

For live Birds, I find the following the quickest address. diag C. Darwin

George Inn

Farnborough

[SYMBOL] Kent 5 (To be forwarded)ramme

You know so well what I want & are so very kind that I will leave to your judgment. Carriers are the only distinct Pigeons, which I have not had dead or alive.

Your’s very truly obliged | C. Darwin

What a splendid development of skull your young Polands have.6

Footnotes

1
Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856].
2
John Bailey Jr of Mount Street and his father were expert breeders and dealers in ornamental birds, from whom CD purchased a number of different breeds.
3
Charles N. or Samuel C. Baker.
4
According to his Account book (Down House MS), CD paid for these skeletons on 7 October 1856.
5
A carrier left the George Inn, Borough High Street, and called at Farnborough, Kent every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (Post Office London directory 1856).
6
See letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 20 March [1856], n. 8 and 24 June [1856].

Summary

Specifies pigeons in which he is interested. Has become almost more interested in rabbits than anything else.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2068
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Tegetmeier, W. B.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 32)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2068,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2068

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