More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2

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Author: Charles Darwin

Letter 426. To A.D. Bartlett. Down, February 16th [1867?]

I want to beg two favours of you. I wish to ascertain whether the Bower- Bird discriminates colours. (426/1. Mr. Bartlett does not seem to have supplied any information on the point in question. The evidence for the Bower-Bird’s taste in colour is in "Descent of Man," II., page 112.) Will you have all the coloured worsted removed from the cage and bower, and then put all in a row, at some distance from bower, the enclosed coloured worsted, and mark whether the bird AT FIRST makes any selection. Each packet contains an equal quantity; the packets had better be separate, and each thread put separate, but close together; perhaps it would be fairest if the several colours were put alternately—one thread of bright scarlet, one thread of brown, etc., etc. There are six colours. Will you have the kindness to tell me whether the birds prefer one colour to another?

Secondly, I very much want several heads of the fancy and long-domesticated rabbits, to measure the capacity of skull. I want only small kinds, such as Himalaya, small Angora, Silver Grey, or any small-sized rabbit which has long been domesticated. The Silver Grey from warrens would be of little use. The animals must be adult, and the smaller the breed the better. Now when any one dies would you send me the carcase named; if the skin is of any value it might be skinned, but it would be rather better with skin, and I could make a present to any keeper to whom the skin is a perquisite. This would be of great assistance to me, if you would have the kindness thus to aid me.

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Chicago: Charles Darwin, "Letter 426. To A.D. Bartlett. Down, February 16th [1867?]," More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, ed. Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941 and trans. Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866 in More Letters of Charles Darwin Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI194CM6123LLY9.

MLA: Darwin, Charles. "Letter 426. To A.D. Bartlett. Down, February 16th [1867?]." More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, edited by Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941, and translated by Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866, in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI194CM6123LLY9.

Harvard: Darwin, C, 'Letter 426. To A.D. Bartlett. Down, February 16th [1867?]' in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, ed. and trans. . cited in , More Letters of Charles Darwin. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI194CM6123LLY9.