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To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   17 January [1858]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 17th

My dear Sir

I have just received from Honble Walter Elliot a few fowls from Burma,2 & I shd. like you to see them. Will you let me have a line to say where I shall send them. They are in small not heavy Box about 2 ft by 1 & 1 deep.—

In Haste Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Although the letter was endorsed ‘1857’, presumably by Tegetmeier, it seems from the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 April [1858], that this was a mistake.
CD had asked Walter Elliot, a member of the council of the governor of Madras, to send him skins of domestic pigeons and poultry in 1856 (Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Walter Elliot, 23 January 1856). CD received one consignment that year and another in 1857 (ibid. vol. 6, letters to W. B.Tegetmeier, 3 November [1856] and to J. D. Hooker, 22 August [1857]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Has received Burmese fowls’ skins from Walter Elliot.

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 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2205,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7