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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   [19 July 1857]1

Down Bromley Kent

Sunday

My dear Sir

I am very sorry to hear of the anxiety about your child which you have undergone, but now over.—

Mr Gilbert has sent me as a present two young Runts one a fine young Cock of apparently the long-winged kind,2 but not so long as some I have seen; so I shd not want the one you purchased for me, & which in any case you had a right to keep.— I will not accept your young Runt, for it is a pity to have so fine a Bird to kill: I will this very day write to Mr Gulliver & beg him to keep me in mind. for a dead Bird.3

Thanks for information on Rumpless—but I am sorry to say that the one mottled chicken of the 3 which I hatched has got a very decided tail.4

On Thursday morning I will send you the following Birds. 2 young Jacobins bred from (2d Prize) Mr H. Weirs Birds:5 they are yellow, but their parents red: I know not whether they will become dark with age.— 2 young Barbs—one red (I had thought both were black): the parents are black & good Birds. 2 white Turbits;—I know not sexes.—

Whether I can send Trumpeters, I am not sure, on account of their having young. Nuns I find I have none at present, & there is only one young in nest at present, but I will not forget.— I have not begun yet to read Poultry Book,6 but I assuredly will some day, but I have my hands very full of work

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

P.S. | I wish I could get chicken on point of hatching of a Breed of Fowls positively & certainly rumpless.—

If ever you fall across a man who keeps Penguin Ducks, I wish you wd. remember that I much want to ask some questions about them.

I am sorry to find I have 4 Cock Trumpeters & only 1 Hen! & all are crossed at present, so I cannot send them. I thought I had a white Cock & Hen.—

Footnotes

Dated by the reference to CD’s continuing attempts to acquire a specimen of Mr Gulliver’s runts (see n. 3, below) and the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 June [1857].
Henry Gilbert was a dentist and pigeon-fancier.
CD had been trying to acquire one of Mr Gulliver’s runts for some time (see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 21 September [1856], 6 February [1857], and [18 June 1857]).
Harrison William Weir was a noted breeder of fancy pigeons.
Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7. See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 25 [June 1857].

Summary

Has acquired some runts. Thanks WBT for information. Lists pigeons he is sending.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2115
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 44)
Physical description
6pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2115,” accessed on 16 July 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2115

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6

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