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To W. B. Tegetmeier   22 May [1868]

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

May 22

My dear Sir

This is a P.S. to my last letter;1 but first let me ask whether by chance you can find out at the Field office the address of L. Lloyd who is in Norway as his publishers believe.2

My P.S. is that I shd much like to know what is the colour of the top-knot during the first plumage, of the Black Polish with white crest,—White Polish with black crest,—Silver Polish,—& especially of Golden Spangled Polish.

2ndly I think the first plumage of the Golden Pencilled Hamburg wd be especially interesting to me—3

My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Tegetmeier was pigeon and poultry editor of the Field. CD cited Llewelyn Lloyd’s Scandinavian adventures and Game birds of Sweden (Lloyd 1854 and 1867) a number of times in Descent. Lloyd’s publisher was Frederick Warne.
The references are all to breeds of poultry.


Lloyd, Llewelyn. 1854. Scandinavian adventures during a residence of upwards of twenty years; representing sporting incidents, and subjects of natural history, and devices for entrapping wild animals; with some account of the Northern fauna. 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley.


Inquires about plumage of poultry breeds.

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. 6199,” accessed on 4 March 2024,

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