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To A. D. Bartlett   20 September [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sept. 20

My dear Sir

I thank truly for your letter & trouble which you have taken for me.—2 When at the Z. Gardens, if you can ascertain, or observe whether any goose sifts the water, as well as uses its beak for tearing, I sh. be greatly obliged by being allowed to quote you.—3 I hope that I may hear from your son.4

Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from A. D. Bartlett, 19 September 1871.
Bartlett was the superintendent of the Zoological Society of London’s gardens at Regent’s Park.
Bartlett’s son was Edward Bartlett.


Asks whether any goose sifts water with its beak.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Abraham Dee Bartlett
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7952,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19