Accepts invitation to a Music Meeting at Osmaston, Derbyshire.
Entomological news and queries.
Has taken up angling.
My dear old Fox
How very unfortunate it was that our letters crossed on the road, more especially as
mine contained such very severe remarks. I should indeed be most ungrateful, if after
reading your letter, I did not repent of them. To give the devil his due, I must say you
are, (excepting always punctuality) a perfect pattern for a correspondent. You answer so
distinctly & satisfactorily all one's question's. You see I am already beginning
to harp on Entomology.— But before that I must thank you for your most kind
invitation to Osmaston for the Music Meeting. I shall be
extremely happy to come, my only difficulty at present is how to get there as on the
I suppose the Music Meeting will be very glorious as this will be my first, but I must say I expect much greater pleasure in seeing you, & all your beasts, & last, but not least all the insects.— I suppose I had better bring my gun as I hope we shall have one or two shots together.—
Looking over some insects the other day I found one of my quondam-Nebris, & eheu eheu I believe it turns out to be a (Nosodendrum of Lam:) as what I thought were the Palpi, I now believe to be very short thick Antennæ. Your description however agrees pretty well.— I have taken both varieties of the Pine destroyer.— Since I wrote, have taken a dirty-purple coloured Cicindela, with squarish white markings, is it Sylvatica? Also, a most splendid Elater not Buprestis, by Marsham I make it out clearly to be the Cyaneus, but he gives no references, from which I infer it v<ery r>are. Elytra & thorax metallic purple blu<e,> abdomen greenish blue, legs yellow, taken at a great altitude.—
I hope, if you can, that you will answer this letter directly, as on the
I am going to mention a few insects, which are very doubtful.— 2 most beautiful insects, Cryptocephalus sericeus, & Lebia Cyanocephalus, a Cara- bidæ.— allso, a Bembidion, (Littorale). 3 sorts of dung beettles like the Vaccæ.— a beautiful, square built Donacia, &c &c &c &c. I mean to take all my insects to Cambridge, & then you will see all these wonders.—
Give me some instructions about keeping Crysalises, as I possess some of ditto.— I have got so much to say & so much to see at Osmaston that it will be God's Mercy if I go away alive. nevertheless I much hope for the experiment to be tried A part of your letter has given me a Panic, you say you do not know when you shall return to Cambridge I most sincerely hope it only means at what time in October I should be quite lost without my good old Entomological Tutor.—
I have been abusing you for unpunctuality when I forget you might apply the argumentum
ad hominem. The reason I delayed answering is that I have been on an expedition for a
few days. For you must know that I am become a ``Brother of the Angle'' under the
superintendence of M
Do write soon, & believe me, dear Fox | Yours most sincerely | Chas Darwin
I need not tell you to mention to your Father how very much obliged I am for his kind invitation, & how happy I shall be to accept it.—
Perhaps you had better direct to Shrewsbury as there is hardly time to receive a letter
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- f1 46.f1Osmaston Hall, near Derby, was the Fox family home.
- f2 46.f2A reference to the start of the shooting season (see LL 1: 167).
- f3 46.f3Marsham 1802. Volume one is in Darwin Library--CUL.
- f4 46.f4Robert Aglionby Slaney.