Sorry JJW cannot visit.
Will go to sea-side for five weeks at end of July.
Does Vidua have double annual moult? [See Descent 2: 181.]
Down, Bromley, Kent. S.E.
June 5, 1868.
My dear Sir
You have answered all my questions spendidly. It was very
kind, almost heroic, in you to sacrifice your hair and pay
Yours very truly
P.S.— If you have time will you answer me one other question.— Has the Vidua a regular and complete double annual moult, like so many grallatores, or do the long tail-feathers alone appear before breeding season, & afterwards cast off?— If, as I suspect, this is the case, do you know of any analogous cases of certain plumes alone appearing at one season without any complete moult.—
- f1 6232.f1See letter from J. J. Weir, 3 June 1868.
- f2 6232.f2CD invited Weir to Down in his letter to Weir of 30 May . Weir may have declined the invitation in his letter of 3 June 1868, which is incomplete. Weir visited on 12 September 1868 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)). The Darwins visited Freshwater on the Isle of Wight from 17 July to 20 August 1868.
- f3 6232.f3See letter from J. J. Weir, 3 June 1868.
- f4 6232.f4There is a note on the copy saying that the signature was cut off by Weir.
- f5 6232.f5Vidua: the wydah bird. No reply from Weir to these questions has been found.