Some observations by EL on moths visiting flowers.
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The moths still occasionally visit the purple flowers & shew a most marked preference to them over the yellowish leaves though both are equally adorned with gilding— In my other account I spoke rather inaccurately as if the only gold was in the middle of the flowers— What I want to find out is whether in another room they (as one seemed to me to do) go to a yellow flower with a dark middle rather well painted, as it w
I cannot think after seeing the way they dash down on the little red flowers that grow on evergreen bushes in these gardens that they c
My Father will fill this up Lena's best love— Your most affec nephew | E. Langton
Just come from church a humming bird moth was a long time examining the black letters on a marble tablet
My dear Eliz
As Edmund has probably told you all our news I merely add a line respecting himself— his cough, or rather clearing of his throat, which it most resembles, is so seldom that I should think it almost ridiculous to refer to it in any other case—and also in his if he did not look so delicate;—but I think in this respect he has improved— The Baby changed quite suddenly yesterday morning into a little lobster—later in the day blue as well as red— She appeared quite well and Young felt certain free from fever— this morning she has faded considerably though still very blotchy.— a third tooth is all but through— Her little song when composing herself for sleep with her head on one's shoulder is the prettiest sound I ever heard—the very quintessence of innocence.— Our American friend M
I hope you will think it prudent to tempt your Aunt Fanny I think it would answer well to her— Tell her with my love I believe her right about John Bright
Ever yours CL
- f1 5756.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edmund Langton to S. E. Wedgwood, 9 November . The year is established by the reference to Charlotte Mildred Langton and the mention that it was a leap year (see below, n. 5). Charlotte Mildred was the only child of Edmund Langton to have been born in a leap year before the publication of Descent.
- f2 5756.f2See letter from Edmund Langton to S. E. Wedgwood, 9 November  and n. 4. CD discussed the attraction of Lepidoptera to bright colours in Descent 1: 399--400.
- f3 5756.f3See letter from Edmund Langton to S. E. Wedgwood, 9 November .
- f4 5756.f4Emily Caroline Langton.
- f5 5756.f5Charlotte Mildred Langton was born on 7 March 1868 (birth certificate, General Register Office).
- f6 5756.f6Young and Mrs Curtis have not been further identified. Charles Langton had been a widower since the death of his second wife, Emily Catherine Darwin, in 1866.
- f7 5756.f7Frances Allen.
- f8 5756.f8The MP John Bright was re-elected in November 1868 and became president of the Board of Trade on 11 December 1868 (The Times, 12 December 1868, p. 6). In a letter to Henrietta Emma Darwin of 18 December , Frances Allen described Bright as her `political hero' (Emma Darwin (1904), 2: 224).