CD has more specimens of Helix pomatia.
Thanks for Lepidoptera book.
Invites JL to dinner.
To prevent you taking more trouble in vain, I write to say that I got yesterday some more & enough specimens of Helix pomatia for my Snailery.—
Very many & hearty thanks for your splendid Lepidoptera Books, which my Boys study with great interest. Please do not forget sometime the number of acres in Larch wood, & when planted. We have now collected in it about 115 species of plants.
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
P.S. | I forget whether you know
- f1 1831.f1The date is confirmed by an entry in Emma Darwin's diary. Leonard and Anne Susan Horner and Susan and Joanna arrived on 16 July; ‘Mr H. Carter & Alice’ were included at the dinner party on the 17th, a Tuesday. The Carters were staying with John Farndby Cator of Hayes, Kent. John Innes was perpetual curate of Down.
- f2 1831.f2CD had previously asked Lubbock for some freshwater snails to put in his vivarium (see letter to John Lubbock, 24 April ).
- f3 1831.f3See letter to G. R. Waterhouse, 8 July , in which CD sought advice on systematic entomology books for William and George Darwin.
- f4 1831.f4CD described his plan to collect all the species in a circumscribed area in his letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 June .
- f5 1831.f5See n. 1, above.