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To W. B. Tegetmeier   6 [March 1865]



My dear Sir

I forgot to ask you to return, if you can lay your hands on it, with other M.S.,1 a page about crossing Pigeons.—2

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


In his letter to Tegetmeier of 27 February [1865], CD asked for the return of a manuscript of a draft chapter on domestic fowls written for inclusion in Variation (see Variation 1: 225–75). CD had sent the manuscript for Tegetmeier’s comments in June 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9, letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 22 March [1861] and 14 June [1861]).
CD probably refers to the manuscript sent with his letter to Tegetmeier of 27 [December 1862] (Correspondence vol. 10). The manuscript has not been found, but it was evidently a list of the crosses between different pigeon varieties carried out by CD and others; CD had also asked Tegetmeier to return it in 1863 (see Correspondence vol. 11, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 19 February [1863]). The list is probably that referred to in Variation 1: 192 n. For a discussion of CD’s pigeon experiments see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 27 [December 1862] and n. 4.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Asks for return of page about pigeon crossing.

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
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Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4779,” accessed on 25 November 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13