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DCP-LETT-613

To William Yarrell  [5 or 12 September 1842]

Dear Yarrell

I feel too dull & languid to see anyone to day—so will you please give my compliments to Mr Bicheno1 & say how sorry I feel at being compelled to forego the pleasure of being introduced to him. If he has any questions (besides those which you asked me) & will take the trouble of writing them, if it lies in my power to give him any information I shall have great pleasure in doing so.—

I enjoyed my conversation with you yesterday, but the exertion knocked me up.— Do not forget when you see Sir J. Sebright2 to ask him whether the cross with the white Bantam brought back any of the “secondary male characters” to the hen-cock breed.

Believe me | dear Yarrell | Yours most truly | C. Darwin 12 Upper Gower St

Monday

Footnotes

1
James Ebenezer Bicheno was appointed Colonial Secretary of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in September 1842 (DNB); he probably sought information about the colony from CD.
2
Sir John Saunders Sebright. In Natural selection (p. 36) CD refers to him as ‘an acute observer … who bred all sorts of animals during his whole life, & who boasted that he could produce any feather in [three] years & any form in [six] years’. He bred the famous Sebright bantam, in which the cocks lack male plumage (EB, 22: 215).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-613
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Yarrell, William
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Physical description
3pp †

Summary

CD is too dull and languid to see Mr Bicheno but will be glad to answer his questions if he writes.

Asks WY to ask J. Sebright "whether the cross with white bantam brought back any of the ""secondary male characters"" to the hen–cock breed".

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 613,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-613

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