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To Bernard Peirce Brent   7 February [1857]

Summary

Sympathises with Brent’s legal difficulties. Declines offer of a cock silk fowl, but accepts offer of a German old fashioned pouter pigeon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Date:  7 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  Richard Brent (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2048F

From Bernard Peirce Brent   23 October 1857

Summary

Discusses the difficulties of breeding mules by crossing canaries and finches.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1857
Classmark:  DAR 160: 299
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2158

From Bernard Peirce Brent   [1860?]

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Summary

Habits of ducks when sleeping on water.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1860?]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2624

From B. P. Brent   [May–June 1860?]

Summary

Cannot supply a case of atavism in canaries.

Will lend CD back issues of Cottage Gardener.

Cites case of bird (tumbler hen) laying egg in another’s nest.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [May–June 1860?]
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 297
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2778

From Bernard Peirce Brent    [after August 1856]

Summary

On his breeding of Jacobin pigeons. How reciprocal crosses to produce mules work among canaries, goldfinches, linnets, and green linnets.

Will soon forward copies of Cottage Gardener for June.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after Aug 1856]
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 298
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2850

To B. P. Brent   1 April [1861]

Summary

Thanks for informatiion about birds and for copies of the Cottage Gardener (26 March 1861). Discusses ancestor of domestic fowl.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Date:  1 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  Richard Brent (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3107F

From Bernard Peirce Brent   29 May 1861

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Summary

Sexual behaviour of fowls.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1861
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 1–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3167

From B. P. Brent   15 June 1861

Summary

On his father’s crossing experiments with cacti, in which hybrids were found quite fertile.

On his breeding of guinea-pigs.

Sends Miss E. Watts’s message about crested fowls and Brahmas.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1861
Classmark:  DAR 160.2: 300
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3184

From Bernard Peirce Brent   15 July 1862

Summary

Continues breeding guinea-pigs to test effects of warmth on gestation period. Concludes period is ten weeks and warmth has no influence. Offers CD the specimens.

Awaits Variation.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160: 301
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3660

From Bernard Peirce Brent   18 June 1864

Summary

Has been informed Miss E. Watts retiring from poultry department of the Field and would like to take the post if made available. Asks CD if he would provide a reference for him if necessary.

Has bred and reared a young turtle-dove.

On progress of his lawsuit.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 June 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 302
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4538

From B. P. Brent   2 September 1864

Summary

Did not get appointment to poultry department of the Field; W. B. Tegetmeier has the position.

His lawsuit concluded well but expensive. Thanks CD for aid during his distress; encloses cheque.

Author:  Bernard Peirce Brent
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1864
Classmark:  DAR 160: 303
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4607
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