From W. B. Tegetmeier 4 May 1
Muswell Hill | N
Saturday May 4.
My dear Sir.
I trust you will excuse my long delay in replying to your last but I have been very busy and your queries could not all be answered by myself.—2 I enclose some replies.—3 I am not quite sure as to what you call the first pruning will you let me know as it is desirable that I should be quite certain of your meaning.—
I was surprized at the Number of tail feathers in the Malays.4
I will send the answers to your other querys as I can observe them as I do not like sending you my impressions merely.
I am collecting facts respecting the Antwerps or flying birds of Belgium—. I have two volumes of a periodical devoted to the Pursuit—and have some of the very best birds. I have requested T T Parker Esq who has a number of these birds to send you an egg just chipped5 would you be good enough to let me know what you think of the cerebral development in that stage.— I thought you would like to have the bird in that state as it would complete your series.—6 These birds fly distances we have no idea of in this country their speed for short distances is a league a minute!!! The following is the account of a match from Bordeaux to Verviers.—
Birds liberated at Bordeaux Saturday July 22. at 4 AM
Temperature high. Wind NW
Distant direct 186 leagues.
1st bird arrived at Verviers on Sunday 23 July at 12.30
2nd on Monday 24 at 6 54 A.M
Mr Brent wrote some papers in the Field some time since on this subject, but I find his papers of little use to me.7 I want facts and not theories.
Mr Huxley asked me to publish the paper in his journal,8 but I am so busy that I do not think I can get it ready for the printer for some little time, so that if you wish to see it I can let you have the Memorandum in the first instance—
I am glad to see you using the Field—9 With regard to your last Query.10 I have seen [moping] semi idiotic polish but as a general rule those I kept had no particular alteration of mental characters some are as savage as a game cock.—11 one I had would fight my hand just as a savage game cock will, if teased—
Believe me | Very truly Yours | W B Tegetmeier
C Darwin Esq.
I enclose two neck feathers from Duckwing and Black red Game
Sends some replies to CD’s queries and data on pigeon flights between Bordeaux and Verviers.