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To Albert Günther   4 May [1877]1

From Mr. C. Darwin, Down, Beckenham.

The box of pigeon’s skins from Yarkand has been dispatched to you today2

May 4


The year is established by the relationship between this postcard and the letter to Albert Günther, 7 May 1877.
CD had received from Yarkand, China, a box of pigeon skins collected by John Scully (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to George King, 19 September 1876, and letter to J. D. Hooker, 17 October [1876]). There is a collection of twenty-nine skins donated by Scully in the Museum of Natural History at Tring (BMNH 1883.6.6.1–29).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Pigeons’ skins dispatched today.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10951,” accessed on 1 December 2021,