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Letter 3533

Innes, J. B. to Stephens, T. S.

[before 5 May 1862]

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    JBI asks Stephens to ask CD to send particulars of Tegetmeier's beehives.

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J. B Innes.

If you see Darwin will you ask him if he can send me particulars of Tegetmeier's bee hives. I want some improvement on the Scotish common ones. I find Milton who made your straw wooden top one has given up. It was the best I had. Send me any particulars you can about hives <    > want are supplied.

I see Tromer lodge is up for the 27th.   I fear the title is only such as to entitle the fortunate purchaser to a chancery suit with his Bleak Hall

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    f1 3533.f1
    Stephens was Innes's curate at Down from 1859 (Crockford's 1860), and was left in charge of the parish when Innes moved to Scotland early in 1862.
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    Dated by the relationship to the letter from J. B. Innes, 5 May [1862].
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    Innes probably refers to the `observation hives' described by William Bernhard Tegetmeier in a paper he read at the 1858 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (see Tegetmeier 1858, and Richardson 1916, p. 47). The hives were constructed with `each side formed of four parallel plates of glass, with thin strata of air between', thus preventing heat loss and obviating the need to cover the hives with opaque material; such hives were always open to observation without the risk of disturbing the bees by a sudden admission of light (Tegetmeier 1858, p. 133).
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    Innes refers to the London tea-dealer and grocer, John Milton (see letter from J. B. Innes, 5 May [1862]).
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    Tromer Lodge is a property located near Down House. Innes considered purchasing the estate in 1860 (see Correspondence vol. 8, letters to John Innes, 18 July [1860], 6 September [1860], and 28 December [1860]).
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    A reference to Charles Dickens's novel Bleak House, published in 1853.
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