Gratified by CD's approval of paper which was also praised by Hooker and Wallace. Only cares for one other opinion, that of C. Felder of Vienna. He finds ordinary entomologists are not scientific men. Asks for more criticisms; desires to publish paper in a widely circulating journal to advertise his book.
Nov 24 1862
My Dear Mr Darwin
I am now well repaid for the labour of writing the paper in Linn.
Trans. having received your warm & discriminating approval. Dr Hooker has also written a most friendly letter on the subject
valuing the treatise highly. Mr Wallace & I discussed
the matter last time I was in London & he thinks me entirely right. As for the ``mob'' of Naturalists, I don't care much about
them. There is only one man in Europe who will be able to
follow my reasonings species by species & variety by variety; this is
I wish to have more criticisms from you on the subject, when you are quite at leisure (what an idea!).— I am quite sure I could now put the case much more strongly. But you say the argument is quite clear so I must rest contented. I now believe one of the forms of Leptalis (L. argochloe) is not an immediate descendant from L. Theonoe, as the other varieties are, but has originated (in a similar way) somewhere westward in Andean Valleys & has wandered to the Amazons. It would be tedious here to give reasons. Does it occur to you that a great deal may be unexpectedly learnt by thus thoroughly going into one small group of Natural objects? The more I study them the more I am surprised at the wonderful revelations which spring from them: much more than is explained in my treatise. <two pages missing>
I am vain enough to wish to see the paper noticed in some widely circulated publication, think'g it may introduce my book. Do you know anything of Sir J. Herschel or his address? I hear he writes those capital monthly summaries of science in the ``Cornhill'' & would like to send him a copy.
- f1 3825.f1Bates 1862a. See letter to H. W. Bates, 20 November .
- f2 3825.f2Joseph Dalton Hooker's letter to Bates of 13 November 1862 is reproduced in Bates 1892, pp. xlvi--xlvii. See also letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 and] 20 November .
- f3 3825.f3Alfred Russel Wallace; see letter to H. W. Bates, 20 November .
- f4 3825.f4See letter to H. W. Bates, 20 November .
- f5 3825.f5Cajetan von Felder was an authority on Brazilian butterflies (OBL).
- f6 3825.f6Bates was preparing an account of his travels in the Amazon region of South America (Bates 1863).
- f7 3825.f7CD had known John Frederick William Herschel for many years (see Correspondence vol. 2); however, his name is not in CD's Address book (Down House MS). Herschel lived at Collingwood House, Hawkhurst, Kent (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862).
- f8 3825.f8Herschel contributed monthly summaries of recent scientific discoveries to the Cornhill Magazine between September 1862 and March 1863 (Wellesley index); however, Bates 1862a was not discussed in any of his notices.
- f9 3825.f9Some indication of the contents of the missing portion of the letter is given by CD's reply (see letter to H. W. Bates, 25 November ).