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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [18 June 1857]1

Dr Lane’s Hydropathic Estabmt | Moor Park | Farnham | Surrey

Thursday

My dear Sir

I write merely to thank you for your offer crossed yellow Magpie & Helmet, but it will be of no use to me.2

I am very glad you are investigating the tail question, & I hope that you will work out the down & colour point.—3 I am really delighted that the Borneo fowls turn out in the least interesting.—4

With respect to the Runt, I fancied by your having only one that it was not valuable.— Have you any interest with Mr Bridge to supplicate him for a dead body shd one die.5 I am much interested in Runts, as they seem to vary or differ more than other Breeds.6 It is a pity to take your young Gulliver Runt, for I shd hope I cd get one some time dead by chance from Mr Gulliver.—

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

P.S. I presume you do not care for any of the Pigeons mentioned in my last note.

Footnotes

Dated by CD’s arrival at Moor Park on Tuesday, 16 June 1857 (‘Journal’; see Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix II), and by the relationship to the letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May [1857] and 23 June [1857].
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May [1857].
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 12 [May 1857].
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May [1857].
Mr Bridge has not been identified.
CD introduced the description of this breed in Variation 1: 142 with the remark: ‘Inextricable confusion reigns in the classification, affinities, and naming of Runts.’

Summary

Is glad WBT is investigating "the tail question"; hopes he will work out "down & colour point". Is much interested in runts, which seem to vary more than other breeds.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2108
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Tegetmeier, W. B.
Sent from
Moor Park
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 42)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2108,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2108

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