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Letter 3462

Darwin, C. R. to Bates, H. W.

27 Feb [1862]

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    Thanks for information on domestic animals of Indians.

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    Glad Murray thinks well of MS of The naturalist on the river Amazons.

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    CD working on proofs of Orchids.


Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 27th

My dear Sir

I have nothing to add to my morning's scrawl, except to thank you heartily for giving me what information you could on domestic animals of Indians.— I am very glad to have the list & your remarks on the breeding of the animals tamed by the Indians.— Case of the Fowl will be useful to me.—

I am very sincerely glad that Murray took same view of your M.S. that I did. I told him that I believed it would be the best Book of the class ever published.— Whether public approve highly or not, I am sure I shall not change my opinion.— If I can be of any use about Geology or about anything, pray ask me.—

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

I am hard-at-work at proof-sheets of my little Orchid Book.—

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    f1 3462.f1
    The year is established by the reference to the negotiations for the publication of Bates 1863 (see n. 5, below and letter to H. W. Bates, 27 [February 1862]).
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    f2 3462.f2
    See letter to H. W. Bates, 27 [February 1862].
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    f3 3462.f3
    The letter from Bates has not been found. In his letter to Bates of 13 January [1862], CD had asked whether any South American animals would breed when `long kept in confinement'. Bates commented on this subject in Bates 1863, 1: 99, 191--4, and 2: 113. Bates's observations on the sterility of South American animals kept in captivity by Indian tribes were cited by CD in Variation 2: 150--6.
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    In Bates 1863, 1: 193 and 2: 112, Bates stated that curassow birds (large, turkey-like birds from South America) apparently did not breed when kept in captivity by South American Indians. CD cited this observation in Variation 2: 156.
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    See letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862].
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    CD sent most of the manuscript of Orchids to John Murray on 10 February 1862 (see letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862]). See also letter to W. E. Darwin, 14 February [1862] and n. 15. Orchids was published on 15 May 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 112).
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