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From H. W. Bates   11 January 1877

Summary

Encloses extract [missing] on a caterpillar.

Mentions William Buckler’s magnificent drawings of caterpillars [The larvae of the British butterflies and moths, Ray Soc. (1886–91)], but doubts Buckler will lend them for any Darwinian purpose. John Hellins has a portion of drawings and is more liberal.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10780

To H. W. Bates   6 February [1877]

Summary

Requests return of August Weismann’s letter which refers to eggs.

Curious about the drawing [of the caterpillar? See 10780].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  6 Feb [1877]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10829

From H. W. Bates   25 January 1879

Summary

F. Galton and others suggest that he go in for Fellowship [of Royal Society]. Asks that CD propose him. If he is unable to do so HWB will not be hurt to wait another year.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Jan 1879
Classmark:  DAR 160: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11846

To H. W. Bates   26 January 1879

Summary

It will give CD real pleasure to propose HWB for F.R.S. Asks that he send him the necessary information for the certificate as well as a list of men he would like to sign it. He should not be disappointed if not elected first time. [Bates elected F.R.S. 2 June 1881.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  26 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11848

To H. W. Bates   12 February 1879

Summary

Encloses HWB’s Royal Society certificate with seven signatures, which CD thinks is ample.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  12 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Nate D. Sanders Auctions (dealers) (14 December 2017, lot 74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11871F

To H. W. Bates   [28? December 1880]

Summary

Informs HWB of arrangements for signing the memorial to W. E. Gladstone [for a civil pension for Wallace]. CD has got Duke of Argyll to write to Gladstone in favour of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [28? Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12951

To H. W. Bates   [after 28 December 1880]

Summary

Asks HWB to sign the memorial, possibly with official title, and then to pass it quickly to Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [after 28 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12952

To H. W. Bates   3 January 1881

Summary

Alarm over Wallace’s memorial; asks HWB if he has received it and forwarded it to Hooker. Wanted to get it to Gladstone before Parliament met.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  3 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12970

To H. W. Bates   7 January 1881

Summary

Gladstone has recommended yearly pension of £200 for Wallace.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  7 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12984

To W. H. Bates   17 February 1882

Summary

Asks HWB to sign and return F.R.S. certificate for Raphael Meldola; if he objects to signing, CD will not mention the fact. [Meldola elected F.R.S., June 1886.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  17 Feb 1882
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13691

To Henry Walter Bates   22 November [1860]

Summary

Thanks for interesting letter which confirms belief that a good observer is a good theorist.

He is glad to hear that HWB, with his wide knowledge of natural history, has anticipated CD in many respects and agrees with the Origin.

Has been thoroughly attacked, especially by entomologists – J. O. Westwood, T. V. Wollaston, and Andrew Murray.

Glad HWB is writing on "equatorial refrigeration"; CD expresses his belief in north to south migration during glacial period.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  22 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2993

From Henry Walter Bates   18 March 1861

Summary

Sends his paper ["Insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 2d ser. 5 (1861): 223–8, 335–61].

Points out three areas of interest arising from the study of the species of Papilio: the derivation of the fauna, the variability of the species, and the permanence of local varieties.

Discusses J. S. Baly’s views on specific differences in reproductive organs [Catalogue of the Hispidae in the collection of the British Museum (1858)].

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3092

To H. W. Bates   26 March [1861]

Summary

Comments on the great extent of variations and on the acknowledgment of the new idea of greater female variety.

Expresses belief that the glacial period did affect the tropics, though HWB’s arguments have confounded him.

Poses a series of questions concerning sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  26 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3100

From H. W. Bates   28 March 1861

Summary

Discusses specific varieties, especially geographic varieties.

Comments on the effects of the glacial age on the tropics.

Sexual selection.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3104

To H. W. Bates   4 April [1861]

Summary

CD urges HWB to write on his travels;

asks for facts on domestic variations;

is pleased by HWB’s acceptance of the theory of sexual selection.

He still believes in migration from north to south during glacial age.

Hopes Bates will publish a paper on mimicry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3109

From H. W. Bates   [before 25 September 1861]

Summary

Mention of Volucella.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 25 Sept 1861]
Classmark:  DAR 160.3: 63 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3240

To H. W. Bates   25 September [1861]

Summary

Recommends publisher for HWB; admires J. van Voorst but suggests Murray.

In reply to HWB’s letter [missing], comments on neuters and mimicry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  25 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3266

From H. W. Bates   30 September 1861

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Summary

Discusses the mimicry of the Volucella flies, and the bees and wasps they mimic. Compares it with the different object of mimicry in butterflies.

Refers to incompleteness of Cuthbert Collingwood’s paper [? "On homophormism, or organic representative forms", Proc. Liverpool Lit. & Philos. Soc. 14 (1860): 181–216].

Thanks CD for help in selecting a publisher for his book [The naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1861
Classmark:  DAR 205.10 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3271

To H. W. Bates   2 October 1861

Summary

Thanks HWB for information on Volucella, although he does not know when he will use it.

Is glad HWB is beginning his book.

CD is beginning work on his orchid book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  2 Oct 1861
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3274

From H. W. Bates   [1 December] 1861

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Furnishes CD with more information on Volucella and gives him references relating to this and butterfly colourings. States that colours are not necessarily related to resting-places but rather an endowment to enable them to withstand adverse conditions.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 Dec] 1861
Classmark:  DAR 205.10 (Letters)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3336
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