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Letter 3945

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

26 Jan [1863]

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    Congratulations on marriage, which CD considers the best and only chance for happiness in this world.

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    Glad HWB is near completion of book.

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    Begs him to thank Wallace for Melastoma information; CD "cannot endure being beaten by a beggarly flower".


Down Bromley Kent

Jan 26th

Dear Bates

I congratulate you very sincerely on your marriage. Judging from my own experience it is the best & almost only chance for what share of happiness this world affords. I hope you may succeed, for the sake of science, in getting fixed near London.—

I am heartily glad to hear that your great labours over your Book are drawing to a close: I know that I for one shall read it with real interest.— Pray thank Wallace when you see him about Melastomas; I have in truth given more trouble on this, than case deserves, & am truly obliged to you. The fact is I cannot endure being beaten by a beggarly flower to the degree, which these confounded Melastomas have beaten me.— I am pleased to hear of discussion on species at Zoolog. Soc.—

With my renewed congratulations & hopes for your happiness, believe me | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 3945.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. W. Bates, 24 January 1863.
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    f2 3945.f2
    Bates married Sarah Ann Mason on 19 January 1863 (see letter from H. W. Bates, 24 January 1863 and n. 4).
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    f3 3945.f3
    See letter from H. W. Bates, 24 January 1863
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    f4 3945.f4
    Bates 1863. See letter from H. W. Bates, 24 January 1863 and n. 5.
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    f5 3945.f5
    See letter to H. W. Bates, 12 January [1863], letters from H. W. Bates, 17 January [1863] and 24 January 1863, and letter from A. R. Wallace, [23 January 1863?].
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    f6 3945.f6
    See letter from H. W. Bates, 24 January 1863 and n. 3.
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