Discusses manuscript by H. W. Bates [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].
Mentions CD's forthcoming book [Orchids].
My Dear Sir
I thank you for your very obliging note—introducing to me Mr W H. Bates. What you tell me of him interests me much I shall be very happy to make his personal acquaintance if he be in London—& am ready to receive as much of his MS. as he has prepared—as soon as convenient. I cannot of course proceed farther until I have seen a considerable portion of it—to form an opinion of its character & attractiveness. The description you give leads me to form high expectations & if & an actual inspection will enable me to make proposals for the publication wch, I hope, may meet the Authors views
Will you add to your kindness by informing Mr Bates that I am at home daily with the
rarest exceptions from 10 to 4 or 5. (Sat
I thought it wd never do to keep the orchids for your weekly carrier & I hope they arrived in good order I take it you & Lyell will be out about the same time He has only 2 Chapters to finish
I am My Dear Sir | Your obliged & faithful | John Murray
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 3420.f1The year is established by the relationship to the letter from H. W. Bates, 25 January 1862 and to the letter to John Murray, 28 January .
- f2 3420.f2See letter to John Murray, 28 January . The reference is to Henry Walter Bates.
- f3 3420.f3Murray may refer to proofs of the woodcuts for Orchids, which CD had requested in his letter to Murray of 21 October  (Correspondence vol. 9). George Snow, the Down coal merchant, operated a carrier service to and from London every Thursday (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862).
- f4 3420.f4Charles Lyell was preparing Antiquity of man (C. Lyell 1863a), which was published by John Murray on 6 February 1863 (C. Lyell 1863b, p. vii). Orchids was published on 15 May 1862 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)).