To W. B. Tegetmeier 8 September 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
At last, thank God, I have done with my Pigeons, & have just killed all the scores of cross-breds—2 I have about 22 pure-birds left; several of these are old & I know not what the merit of the others are.— I have lost a great number lately all my Laugher & Trumpeters except one, which seems sick:— Whether these are worth your acceptance & coming for, I do not at all know.— I want to clear away my pigeon-houses, so shd. be glad, if you think it worth coming here, if you could come on Tuesday 14th or Wednesday 15th—& bring baskets.3 My horses are light & I cannot send carriage for you both ways, but I have comfortable tax-cart,4 in which I always send my sons & I would send it to meet you on either day, which you could appoint, to meet the Train which Leaves London Bridge (N. Kent Division) at 10o. 30’: you must get out at Mason’s Hill Bromley: we dine at 1 & then with another horse I could send you back.
If you are inclined to come, I shall much enjoy seeing you, but my health has lately been bad that I am physically incapable of talking for long.—
If you have Hive with incipient cells, will you bring it for me to see. Have you taken comb with cylindrical cell: I shd. excessively like to see that.—5
I have some Burmese Fowl-skins for you to take back, if you think fit—6
Will you let me have the skeleton head of the wild Indian Fowl?7
Will you kindly let me have early answer; & excuse this hurried note, for I am very far from well.—
Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
If you cannot come on Tuesday or Wednesday will you fix early day af-terwards, & I will let you know whether that will suit me— Next Monday & Monday week, I am engaged.— Your train had better always be 10o. 30’.—
P.S. | I have just received your note, for which many thanks. We will talk about Bees cells when we meet.—8 Assuredly I shd state, whenever I publish, which will not be for long, that you suggested to me the crude wax.—9
Sept. 16th/58/ | Mr Tegetmeier thinks from experiments which he has made that 15lb of sugar is consumed in the secretion of a pound of wax, & in the support *this, in large swarm of [above del ‘th’] Bees during [above del ‘during’] a fortnight.— But that very much is not consumed as support of the Bees, is shown [above del ‘showing’] by the [‘large’ del] weight [above del illeg] of honey deposited, if empty [interl] combs are given to them.— *Shows use of saving wax [added in margin]
Some American [interl] Apiarians says that 10lb of Honey *go to [interl] make one lb [interl] of Wax11
Mr Tegetmeier [‘about walls’ del] has never seen, any more than I have a parallel wall, such as Huber describes, of wax.—12
Mr T. showed me some irregular comb, & where cells were too small or too shallow for Bees to work adjoining perfect cell had a curved wall part of cylinder.—
Has finished with and is disposing of his pigeons.
Invites WBT to Down; would like to see his bees’ cells.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 14)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2325,” accessed on 26 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2325