From W. B. Tegetmeier 10 December 1
Monday Decr 10.
My dear Sir
I did not write before as I expected to see Mr Zurhorst at Birmingham,— — From the conversation I have had with him respecting the eggs I do not think his information is sufficiently definite to be of use— It really amounts only to this, that a spanish hen running with his cochins laid dark eggs.— Whether she did so before or not he does not know2
My single experiment was that a spanish hen running with cochins laid perfectly white eggs, that were fertilized by the cochin and from which I hatched chickens
I regretted much not seeing you3 I wished to ask you your conclusions respecting the original stock of the Guinea fowl, the Duck—The so called Buenos Ayres duck4 and the Goose— I know practically very little of the origin of these birds and should like to be in accord with you in the Poultry Book5
Trusting you are quite strong | Believe me | Yours very truly | W B Tegetmeier.
C Darwin Esq
Should you like to write to Mr Zurhorst his address is
WBT interested in ancestors of domestic guinea-fowl, ducks, and geese.
Egg colours in fowls.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5299,” accessed on 9 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5299