Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, [address not recorded] to [addressee not recorded] [address not recorded] on [December] .
Darwin requests skins of various animals from any region that has not been visited frequently.
An author's draft handwritten by author in English and signed by unsigned.
A microfilm of original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: October 23, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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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. [] I have written to for Pigeon & Poultry Skins
Thwaites & Kellaert Ceylon.
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
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/
[] 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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