From W. B. Tegetmeier [before 21 December 1864]1
Muswell Hill | London | N
My dear Sir
I have taken the liberty to forward you by this post a copy of the Intellectual Observer containing an article of mine on mimetic analogy—2 The only merit that it can lay claim to, is the endeavour to make the subject known beyond the circle of strictly scientific readers,
As I have since seen a leader in a daily paper in which a conservative is denounced as having mimicked a liberal and the proceeding is illustrated by an allusion to the Theory of Mimetics3 I suppose 〈several words missing〉 missed my 〈several words missing〉
My mongrel 〈two or three words missing〉 still progressing but 〈two or three words missing〉 sign of sterility even in the 〈two words missing〉 crosses between the most dista〈nt〉 varieties.4 Still I have worked out some curious results as to variations, and I think I shall embody them in a short paper this season—5
I hope your health is improving—I beg you will n〈ot〉 trouble to write a reply to this unless you can do so without an〈y〉 effort.
Believe me | Very sincerely You〈rs〉 | W. B. Teget〈meier〉
C Darwin Esq
PS. | Should you at any time come across the two or three remaining poultry skulls, I shall be glad of them, but there is no hurry.6
Sends paper on mimetic analogy [Intellect. Obs. 6 (1864): 307–13].
Mongrel experiments are progressing, but he has observed no signs of sterility.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4687,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4687