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To W. B. Tegetmeier   21 December [1864]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 21

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for the Observer. I think your article is very well done & very interesting.2 I will send you a copy, as soon as I get one, of a paper which I have lately written, which it is possible, tho’ not probable, you might like to work up into a popular article3

My health still keeps very weak, but I am able to do a little work on “Variation under Domestication”. The whole has been written once over & I am now going thro’ it again.4 I hope in 6 or 8 weeks to come to “Fowls” when I shall want my M.S. from you with any marginal corrections but I do not intend to add much on account of my weakness.5

When I come to this Chapter I shall have some of your skulls drawn & they shall then be returned to you. I assure you that I am sincerely sorry to have kept them so long.6 I am glad to hear that you will publish on your crossing experiments, but I am not surprized to hear that there has been no sterility.7

Believe me my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the reference to Tegetmeier 1864 (see letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [before 21 December 1864]).
The reference is to ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria’. Tegetmeier’s name appears on the presentation list for the paper (see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix III). No popular version of this paper by Tegetmeier has been found.
CD began to revise the early chapters of the manuscript of Variation on 20 November (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix II)). See also letter to W. D. Fox, 30 November [1864] and n. 6.
In June 1861, CD had sent Tegetmeier the manuscript of a draft chapter on domestic fowls written for inclusion in Variation (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 June [1861]). Tegetmeier returned the manuscript with his comments in April 1865 (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [29 March – 7 April 1865], and letter to W. B. Tegetmeier [7 April 1865]). See also Variation 1: 225–75; CD acknowledged Tegetmeier’s reading of the manuscript on p. 225, n.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [before 21 December 1864] and n. 6. The sketches appear in Variation 1: 163–5.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [before 21 December 1864]. Tegetmeier first reported in July 1863 that his crossing experiments had yielded no infertile offspring (see Correspondence vol. 11, letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 29 June – 7 July 1863 and nn. 2 and 3). See also letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 1 February 1864 and nn. 5 and 7.

Summary

CD working on Variation; he will soon want corrected fowl MS [Variation, ch. 7].

WBT’s breeding experiments produced no sterility.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4720
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox collection)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4720,” accessed on 21 August 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4720

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12

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