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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2301

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 [July 1858]1

Down Bromley Kent

4th

My dear Sir

I write one line to say that I have had death & severe illness & misery amongst my children, & am going at once to leave home for some weeks for their health.—2 Therefore all my Pigeon work must be deferred till my return.3

I hope you received the P. order for the Bee-Hive sent about the 23d 4

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

If you are able kindly to send young Turbit— Please mark outside “dead Pigeon to be put in Spirits”.5

Footnotes

1
Dated by the reference to the death of Charles Waring Darwin.
2
See letter to W. D. Fox, 2 July [1858].
3
CD had begun to write up the results of his study of pigeons on 14 June 1858. He was not able to return to the work until 17 August (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
4
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 22 June [1858].
5
See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 April [1858].

Summary

Death in family [Charles Waring Darwin]. Illness of children forces him to leave home and interrupt work on pigeons.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2301,” accessed on 25 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2301

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