From Edward Blyth 22 February 1858
My dear Sir,
I have not time to write to you today, more than a word or two; but may mention that I packed off a box of specimens to your address by the Steamer ‘Himalaya’, which left this on the 12th. ulto. for England viâ the Cape. Also a lot of living bi〈rds〉 to Mr. J. Thompson, brother of Thompson of the Z. Gns, who is to make over certain Pigeons to you if they survive the voyage.1 A day or two ago I saw a pair of adult hybrid Peafowl, old enough to breed if capable of it, but the male not come to his full beauty as yet. The two species well combined. Neck intermediate in colouring, and facial skin white, with a large yellow spot. Crest intermediate, thus, [DIAGRAM HERE] the feathers [subeven]. The same native has also the Blue and Yellow Maccaw breeding. I saw the hen upon her eggs, on the ground, underneath a raised [home].
In haste, Yours truly, | E. Blyth— C. Darwin Esq | &c—
Down Bromley, | Kent.
Gives some observations on birds; has forwarded a box of specimens.