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To W. B. Tegetmeier   25 [June 1857]1

[Moor Park]

Thursday 25th

My dear Sir

One egg will amply suffice, if you will be so kind as to send it to Down as soon as one chips the shell.— I presume if the egg were put in cold water it would easily & soon kill the Chick: it wd be as well just to see that there was a chick inside. To save trouble I enclose some stamps which I presume will cover the weight.—

With many thanks | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

At last just before leaving home I got all the published numbers of the Poultry Book & shall soon study them.—2 At some future time I shall be glad of skull of the G. Bankiva again.—3

Do you think it wd. be any use my writing to Mr Bridges to ask for Carcase of the long-winged Runt? If so when you send egg will you tell me address.—


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


Needs only one nearly-hatched chick.

Has all published numbers of Poultry book [1856–7].

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. 2111,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

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