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To W. B. Tegetmeier   23 April [1868]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Ap. 23

My dear Sir

I have seen the Field & like your review very much & am gratified at the way in which you speak of my book.2 It seems to me that you have made an excellent selection of extracts.

I shall be curious some time to hear your remarks on the coloured pigeons, & likewise to receive the results about the proportion of the sexes.3 This latter subject has become very important for me. I hope you will enjoy your expedition to Paris, & I suppose you will not remain there long.4

Please to observe that I have left London.5

Believe me, my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to the review in the Field (see n. 2, below) and by CD’s mention of having left London (see n. 5, below).
CD refers to the first part of the review of Variation that appeared in the 18 April 1868 issue of the Field ([Tegetmeier] 1868b). The second part appeared in the 2 May 1868 issue.
Tegetmeier may have discussed his trip to Paris when he visited CD in London on 16 March 1868 (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 17 [March 1868].
CD had been in London from 3 March to 1 April 1868 (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix II)).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Likes WBT’s review [of Variation] in the Field [31 (1868): 309, 350].

Awaits remarks on coloured pigeons and proportion of sexes.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
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Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6141,” accessed on 12 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16