From W. B. Tegetmeier [28 February – 5 March 1865]1
Muswell Hill. N
My dear Sir.
I was much grieved at receiving a letter from you not in your own hand writing—although the postscript was more assuring than the letter itself.—2 I will carefully go over your MSS. and make any observations that occur to me either in the margin in pencil or on slips of paper—3
Thanks for your kind wishes I am getting on fairly, being very busy with new and tolerably profitable work,4 but I have had the misfortune to cut completely across and through the cornea of my right eye—and I have as yet only partially recovered the sight, the eye being very intolerant of light—
I send you spangled feathers of crested birds—and pencilled feathers of the genuine dutch breed
Our North country genuine spangled fowls, have larger and better spangles, of which I will send you samples soon—
There are no spangled game now bred—nor am I aware of any well established of that particular variety existing—5
I am now editing the Poultry and some other departments of the Field, and should you feel disposed to use the paper in any way as a means of eliciting information—We (for in this case I may safely use the editorial pronoun as I speak for every one connected with the paper) should feel much pleased if we could in any manner assist you.6
I have seen no account of your paper on Tendrils7 I should much like to read it if it is published8
If you could give me all next week for the reading of the MS. I should be glad as my accident caused my work to accumulate to a rather overwhelming extent
Trusting to hear that your health is improving | Believe me Very sincerely Yours etc | W B Tegetmeier
Encloses some poultry feathers.
Will read over and return CD’s MS on fowls. Has been delayed by an eye injury.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4787,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4787