To W. B. Tegetmeier 8 May 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
You have answered all my questions as fully, as clearly & as kindly as you have ever given me information on any point on which I was curious. I thank you sincerely.— I am now drawing up an account of the differences of the breeds of pigeons & this morning used on your authority the very curious case about the down of just hatched Pigeons & the colour of the mature bird.—2
By the way it just occurs to me, whether any of the Breeders have noticed any difference in length of time of eggs being hatched in such different breeds as Tumbler, Turbit, Pouter, Carriers & Runts.— I do not suppose there would be any difference, but it would be a good fact to give if you could ascertain it without much trouble & permit me to quote it on your authority. I never thought about it, till today or I would have observed when I had pigeons alive. It would be almost equally curious to know positively that such differently sized birds as Runts & Tumblers hatched their eggs in same time.—
With cordial thanks | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. I hope that you will give my sincere thanks to Mr H. Weir, Mr Esquilant & Mr Jones for their kindness.—3
Thanks WBT for observations on colours of newly-hatched pigeons of different breeds. Asks if breeders have noticed any differences in lengths of time eggs were incubated in different breeds.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- Yale University: Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale Collection of American Literature: De Forest Family Papers (YCAL MSS 582) Box 2, folder 58, item 82
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2790,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2790