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To W. B. Tegetmeier   15 October [1856]

Down Bromley Kent

Oct— 15th

My dear Sir

Many thanks for the Runt received this morning.1

I have had some live fowls sent me from some way in interior of Sierra Leone, so that they are genuine Africans.—2 Would you like a Cockrel to look at & then kill if it so pleases you. I could send it to Carstang’s carriage free.3 But I must tell you that Mr. Brent4 called here the other day & looked at them & says they have no marked character, having a good deal of the Game in them, with perhaps a dash of the Malay, especially a Hen, which I shall keep for skeleton. I doubt whether the Cock is worth your having, but it is most entirely at your service.—

By the way I shd. be very glad of a Malay Cock, if you can ever get one dead for me.—

With many thanks | Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin


See letter from W. F. Daniell, 8 October – 7 November 1856.
Carstang is listed in CD’s Address book (Down House MS) under ‘pigeons’. His address was Ship Tavern Passage, Leadenhall Market, an area of London associated with meat and poultry markets.
Bernard Philip Brent.


Has received fowls from interior of Sierra Leone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Source of text
Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1975,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6