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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 July [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

July 15th

My dear Sir

It is long since I have heard from you, & I am much obliged for your letter.— It is good news that you are going to bring out a new edit. of your Poultry Book & you are quite at liberty to use all my materials.2 Thanks for curious case of the Wild-Duck variation: I have heard of other instances of a tendency to vary in one out of a large litter or family.—3

I have too many things in hand at present to profit by your offer of the loan of the American Poultry Book.—4

Pray keep firm to your idea of working out the subject of analogous variation with Pigeons; I really think you might thus make a novel & valuable contribution to science.— I can, however, quite understand how much your time must be occupied with the never ending, always beginning Editorial cares.—5

I keep much as usual & crawl on with my work.—

Believe me | my dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 July 1870.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 July 1870 and n. 3.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 July 1870 and n. 1.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 July 1870 and n. 2.
See letter from W. B. Tegetmeier, 14 July 1870. Tegetmeier was pigeon and poultry editor of the Field.


WBT may use any of CD’s material for the new edition of his poultry book. Hopes WBT will keep firmly to his idea of working out pigeon variation.

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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7275,” accessed on 9 March 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18