Observations on a Sphinx moth; attraction of dark spots.
Hotel des Iles d'or | Hyères
My dear Aunt Eliz—
Today & yesterday have been most bitter & in consequence I
have a bad cold & begin to feel sceptical about the climate
again— tomorrow I trust the warmth will come back &
re-awaken my faith It w
I really sh
Please tell Henrietta that Sarah does not know where the
woman lives at Cannes & that she has left Villeneuve or
whereever it was— however she knows somebody going to
Cannes who will take the
Lena sends her best love & my Father. Your most affec Nephew | E. Langton
- f1 6453.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edmund and Charles Langton to S. E. Wedgwood, [after 9 November 1868].
- f2 6453.f2Frances Allen.
- f3 6453.f3Sphinx moths belong to the family Sphingidae.
- f4 6453.f4Langton refers to the humming-bird hawk-moth, Macroglossa stellatarum. In Descent 1: 400, CD mentioned humming-bird moths being attracted to flowers painted on walls in the south of France.
- f5 6453.f5Henrietta Emma Darwin went abroad on 31 August 1868 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)). She may have been in France sometime in October 1868 (letter from Emma Darwin to Henrietta Emma Darwin, [10 October 1868]; DAR 219.9: 62). Sarah has not been further identified.
- f6 6453.f6Langton refers to his wife, Emily Caroline Langton, and to Charles Langton.