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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   4 [July 1858]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Sir

I write one line to say that I have had death & severe illness & misery amongst my children, & am going at once to leave home for some weeks for their health.—2 Therefore all my Pigeon work must be deferred till my return.3

I hope you received the P. order for the Bee-Hive sent about the 23d. 4

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

If you are able kindly to send young Turbit— Please mark outside “dead Pigeon to be put in Spirits”.5


Dated by the reference to the death of Charles Waring Darwin.
CD had begun to write up the results of his study of pigeons on 14 June 1858. He was not able to return to the work until 17 August (‘Journal’; Appendix II).


Death in family [Charles Waring Darwin]. Illness of children forces him to leave home and interrupt work on pigeons.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2301,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

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