To W. B. Tegetmeier 27 [November 1858]1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I thank you much for your note. The object, of course, is what you say.2 I did not guess that I shd have to pay so much per Hen to Baker & the experiment would not be at all worth such a sum. I have not a single Hen worth sending to Steven’s.3
If it really will not cost you much trouble, & you could get me some Hens & a young Spanish cock of pure breeds, but not very good birds for 10s each or under, I will try to experiment & shall be very heartily obliged to you.
Our Carrier came up on Thursday & I enclose envelope if you will post it on Tuesday before general post, & add address of your poultry man, where you can pay for keeping the fowls for a day & porterage.
I have silver Laced Poland Hen. of one Breed, & I shd wish for say dozen Hens of other breeds, before specified & Spanish Cock.
Many thanks about Kidney Beans, but I had this var. this year in my garden. I saw & read the good Review of your Book.—4
You really are most goodnatured in assisting me.—
In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Pray when you see Mr H. Weir, do not forget to ask whether his Silver Barbs had black wing bars, & white rumps or bar at end of tail.—5
of course you shall hear result of crossing fowls.—
"I thank you much for your note. The object, of course, is what you say. I did not guess that I shd have to pay so much per hen to Baker & the experiment would not be at all worth such a sum. I have not a single hen worth sending to Steven’s. If it really will not cost you much trouble, & you could get me some Hens & a young Spanish cock of pure breed . . . I will try to experiment and shall be very heartily obliged to you". CD mentions satisfactory local hens of a particular breed and an experiment being conducted on "Silver Barbs [with] black wing bars & white rump or bar at end of tail".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2375,” accessed on 20 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2375