Tells whereabouts of WDF's remaining Cambridge possessions;
adds he has many insects for him. Can WDF join him for a week in Wales?
CD must read for his "Little Go" as the examination is being made more difficult.
My dear Fox
Many thanks for your letter, it was very good of you to write so soon, the reason of my
writing now is not to fulfill my promise of a long letter, for that is, I am afraid
impossible, but to tell you, that, yours & Pulleins birds skins are in my room.
It is terrible news to me to hear that you have been idle in the good cause, but I hope
soon that your zeal will be renewed. You will see my name in Stephens' last number. I am glad of it if it is merely to spite M
I have some thoughts of going for a week into Wales again this summer: would it be impossible for you to come here & then go on with me. We should do wonders amongst the Carabi.— I told Polo to collect, but I am afraid he will never do much more as an Entomologist he is grown far too idle. You had better try your hand at him, for I despair.— You shall receive before very long, the two Martens, and my Dundiver.—
Recollect what the sum of money is that I am indebted to you, as I do not keep account, but you pretend to do, so put it to the proof, and do not forget.—
I am going to Maer next week in order to Entomolog & shall stay there a week: for the rest of this summer I intend to lead a perfectly idle & wandering life, always taking care to have as little of home & as much of Woodhouse as possible. You see I am much in the same state that you are, with this difference you make good resolutions & never keep them. I never make them, so cannot keep them: It is all very well writing in this manner, but I must read for my little Go. Graham smiled & bowed so very civilly, when he told me that he was one of the six appointed to make the examination stricter, & that they were determined they would make it a very different thing from any previous examination that from all this, I am sure, it will be the very devil to pay amongst all idle men & Entomologists. Erasmus we expect home in a few weeks time; he intends passing next winter in Paris:—
Be sure you order the 2 lists of insects, published by Stephens, one printed on both sides, & the other, only on one. You will find them very useful in many points of view.
Dear old Fox, yours | C. Darwin
- f1 68.f1It is not clear to which number of Stephens 1827--46 CD refers. The 1 June 1829 number on Haustellata, vol. 2, has an entry (p. 200) `Graphiphora plecta``Cambridge''.— C. Darwin, Esq.' The number dated 15 June 1829 of Mandibulata, vol. 2, Appendix (p. 194) lists 13 species of beetles reported by CD. The report of the moth, if it appeared early in June, would be the first time CD's name appeared in print, but in the Autobiography, p. 63, where he writes of his delight at first seeing the magic words, ``captured by C. Darwin, Esq.'', his memory is of beetle collecting. Unfortunately the `magic words' do not help in making a clear decision about the date or the publication; they do not occur in either list, nor have they been found elsewhere in Illustrations of British entomology. A total of 35 species of insects, 34 of them beetles, are listed as taken by CD. (See also Freeman 1977, pp. 19--20.)