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To W. B. Tegetmeier   23 August [1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

Aug 23d.

My dear Sir

I shall be particularly glad of the Victoria Runt for skeleton & measurement.:2 will you send it exactly thus addressed per Coach diag Ch. Darwin Esqe

care of Mr Acton

Post office



Will you enclose a bit of paper telling me where I could send in London in a fortnight or 3 weeks time the 2 Scanderoons, which seem to me very fine Birds.3 Our Carrier leaves every Wednesday night, & wd deliver pretty early the Birds anywhere in London on the Thursday morning.— I will not send them off till quite strong, & wd. advise you of their going.—

About what age is your dead Runt?

yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 August [1856] and [15–22 August 1856].
Tegetmeier’s letter has not been found. He had apparently told CD that the proportions of the Victoria runt would be of significance to him. See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, [15–22 August 1856].


Instructions for delivering pigeons to Down.

Has Scandaroons for WBT.

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
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1943,” accessed on 23 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6