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To W. B. Tegetmeier 5 June [1858]1

Down Bromley Kent

June 5th

My dear Sir

I am sorry to say that I have been so much engaged with other objects, that I have not begun with my Pigeon M.S. but hope to begin in weeks time.—2

I have lately been hard at work with Bees cells, a friend having lent me a glass Hive, which could open, so that I cd. take out combs.3 I have got commencement of cells; but I write now chiefly to remind you, shd you find the cylindrical Bees cell, how extremely much I wish to examine them.—4

This note requires no answer, without indeed you shd. have found the specimen.— You shall hear from me, whenever I have done with my Pigeons.— But I have lately lost several good Birds, my best Barb, & blue owl & good white Trumpeter—

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by the reference to CD’s manuscript on pigeons and by the relationship to the letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 9 May [1858].
CD had promised to give Tegetmeier his pigeons when he had finished writing up the results of his study (see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, [21 April 1858] and 9 May [1858]). He began the manuscript later in the month (see letter to W. B. Tegetmeier, 22 June [1858]).
CD refers to the ‘observatory hive’ lent to him by Louis Knight Bruce (see letter to W. E. Darwin, [26 May 1858]).
See letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, [21 April 1858] and 9 May [1858].


Hopes to begin pigeon MS in a week.

Has lately been working on bees’ cells and wishes very much to examine a cylindrical one.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
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Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 34)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2280,” accessed on 19 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7