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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   17 April 1869

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Ap 17. 1869.

My dear Sir

If not inconvenient I shd be grateful for any scraps of information about the plumage of the chickens of Cuckoo breeds & Seabright bantams, if you have been able to obtain such.1 Also the table of the greyhound births, if you have been able to set the clerk to work.2 I must, in about a week’s time, begin on subjects which lead me much to require the above information.

Have you had any success about eggs?3

Forgive me for being so troublesome & believe me | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S. If you shd ever meet any one who breeds Sebastopol geese, cd you find out at what age the curled feathers first appear?4


CD had asked Tegetmeier to tabulate male and female births per year among greyhounds using the Coursing Calendar (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [before 15 February 1868] and n. 4, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 15 February [1868], and letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, [16–20 February 1868]).
Sebastopol geese have curled feathers on parts of their bodies (see Tegetmeier 1867, pp. 312, 316).


Wants information on plumage of chickens

and table of sex ratios in greyhounds.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6698,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17