Grieved to hear of CD's illness; begs him not to give moment's thought to his MS until health has returned.
Plans to exhibit mimetic butterflies at Linnean Society.
King St Leicester
My Dear Sir
It grieves me very much to hear of your illness. I beg of you to throw my M.S. aside & not give a moment's thought to the subject until you are perfectly restored.
I go to town on Monday to spend a few days—to study at the B.M. and also to attend the Linn. Soc. meeting, where I shall exhibit the box of mimetic butterflies. I have arranged these in such a manner that any Naturalist may understand them
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
If you should wish to say anything whilst I am in town—a note will find me addressed to
John O'Groats hotel
- f1 3381.f1No letter containing this information has been found. Emma Darwin recorded in her diary (DAR 242) on 4 January 1862 that CD was `ill with influ[enza]'.
- f2 3381.f2The reference is to the manuscript of the second chapter of Bates 1863 (see letter from H. W. Bates, 6 January 1862).
- f3 3381.f3Bates's collection of mimetic butterflies from the Amazon was exhibited at a meeting of the Linnean Society of London on 16 January 1862 (Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society 6 (1862): lviii).