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Record number: WCP4758

Sent by:
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent to:
[not recorded]
[December] [1855]

Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, [address not recorded] to [addressee not recorded] [address not recorded] on [December] [1855].

Record created:
02 October 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


Darwin requests skins of various animals from any region that has not been visited frequently.

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LETTER (WCP4758.5120)

An author's draft handwritten by author in English and signed by unsigned.

Held by:
Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
Dar. 206: 34-35
Copyright owner:
©William H. Darwin

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Skins Any domestic breed or race, of Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cats, & even dogs, if not too large, which has been bred for many generations in any little visited region, would be of great value, or even if recently imported from any unfrequented region. It w[oul]d. be necessary to notice & select a characteristic specimen of adult animals of any breed.-- In Poultry both cock & hen & especially the cock sh[oul]d. be procured. The whole humerus & femur, & as much as possible of the cranium sh[oul]d. be left on the skins.-- Each specimen of sh[oul]d be ticketed with native name, habitat & any procurable information. Specimens not bred for many generations in domestication are of no value. [[2]] I have written to for Pigeon & Poultry Skins

Thwaites & Kellaert Ceylon.

R. Fortune

E. Blyth

W. Vines India

Sir R. Schomburgk

Dr Nicholson, Antigua

Th Bridges Panama

Dr. Sutherland Natal

E. Layard Cape of G. Hope

J. C. Bowring Hong Kong

Rajah Sir J. Brooke

R. Wallace

Dr Daniel Gambia

Rev N. Davis Tunis

Hon. C. Murray Persia

[one word illegible] Mr. Stephens for S. America

Col. Sykes for E. Africa

Consul Brand Angola, or Mr Gabriel

Mr Parkes Amoy

R. Hill Spanish Town Jamaica

Arabia/? East Africa/

[[3]] Mr J. C. Bowring of Hong Kong has written

to Mr Swinhoe of consulate at Amoy

to Dr Macgowan at Ningpo

Dr. W. A. Harland at Hong Kong to whom Mr Fortune has written

Mr Fortune has written for me to & I have written to

Dr. Lockhart of Shanghai

Ed. Webb Esqreturned home of [one word illegible] letters to care of Mr Dent, Beal & Co of Hong Kong.

Lieut Ferguson. Bombay.

Mr Peter Wallace. Farm Superintendant Ascension.

Rob. Swinhoe has promised spec[ie]s from Amoy.

W. Elliott says pigeons are [two words illegible]

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