From W. B. Tegetmeier 18 February 1863
Muswell Hill | N.
My dear Sir
I hoped to have the pleasure of seeing you at the Linnean society, and much regret the cause of your absence1
There were one or two points connected with my little experiment that I should have been very glad to have asked you respecting, such as your suggestion to employ Carriers and Turbits, instead of Barbs and Fantails.—2
In accordance with your suggestion I have procured some Silk fowls (two very good black skinned hens) and a Spanish Cock.3 I am devoting a small paddock to them and will hatch several clutches of chickens— Do you think that the two hens will be sufficient or can you suggest any modification of the experiment.— Would it be desirable or necessary to have a second set to cross their offspring with those of the first—4 If so I would make arrangements to procure them— —
Trusting to hear of improvement in your health | Believe me | Very truly yours | W B Tegetmeier
C Darwin Esq
Hoped to meet CD at the Linnean Society to discuss pigeon and poultry breeding experiments.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3995,” accessed on 24 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3995