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To W. B. Tegetmeier   25 [June 1857]1

[Moor Park]

Thursday 25th

My dear Sir

One egg will amply suffice, if you will be so kind as to send it to Down as soon as one chips the shell.— I presume if the egg were put in cold water it would easily & soon kill the Chick: it wd be as well just to see that there was a chick inside. To save trouble I enclose some stamps which I presume will cover the weight.—

With many thanks | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

At last just before leaving home I got all the published numbers of the Poultry Book & shall soon study them.—2 At some future time I shall be glad of skull of the G. Bankiva again.—3

Do you think it wd. be any use my writing to Mr Bridges to ask for Carcase of the long-winged Runt? If so when you send egg will you tell me address.—


Dated by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 23 June [1857].
Tegetmeier ed. 1856–7. See letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May [1857].
See Correspondence vol. 5, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 6 December [1855] and n. 4.


Needs only one nearly-hatched chick.

Has all published numbers of Poultry book [1856–7].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Moor Park
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 38)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2111,” accessed on 21 September 2019,

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