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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Edward Bartlett   15 October [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 15th

Dear Sir

I hope that you will excuse me troubling you, but I shd. be greatly obliged if you could send me pretty soon (as my M.S. must go to the Printers) any information on the Egyptian goose, both sifting the water & biting or tearing like a common goose the herbage.—2

I hope that you received safely the P.O.3 & the 2 geese which were returned.

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Bartlett, 16 October 1871.
See also letter to Edward Bartlett, [24] September [1871]. CD refers to the sixth edition of Origin. The Egyptian goose is now Alopochen aegyptiaca.


Asks for information on feeding habits of Egyptian goose.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Bartlett
Sent from
Source of text
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University (bMs 7.10.3(3))
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8010,” accessed on 20 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19