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To W. B. Tegetmeier   [18 June 1857]1

Dr. Lane’s Hydropathic Estabmt | Moor Park | Farnham | Surrey


My dear Sir

I write merely to thank you for your offer crossed yellow Magpie & Helmet, but it will be of no use to me.2

I am very glad you are investigating the tail question, & I hope that you will work out the down & colour point.—3 I am really delighted that the Borneo fowls turn out in the least interesting.—4

With respect to the Runt, I fancied by your having only one that it was not valuable.— Have you any interest with Mr Bridge to supplicate him for a dead body shd. one die.5 I am much interested in Runts, as they seem to vary or differ more than other Breeds.6 It is a pity to take your young Gulliver Runt, for I shd. hope I cd. get one some time dead by chance from Mr. Gulliver.—

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

P.S. I presume you do not care for any of the Pigeons mentioned in my last note.


Dated by CD’s arrival at Moor Park on Tuesday, 16 June 1857 (‘Journal’; see Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix II), and by the relationship to the letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 18 May [1857] and 23 June [1857].
Mr Bridge has not been identified.
CD introduced the description of this breed in Variation 1: 142 with the remark: ‘Inextricable confusion reigns in the classification, affinities, and naming of Runts.’


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.


Is glad WBT is investigating "the tail question"; hopes he will work out "down & colour point". Is much interested in runts, which seem to vary more than other breeds.

Letter details

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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2108,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

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