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From H. W. Bates   [1 December] 1861



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

To H. W. Bates   3 December [1861]


Thanks HWB for references.

Praises his paper ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", read before Linnean Society, 21 Nov 1861, Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862) : 495–566] which solves "one of the most perplexing problems which could be given to solve".

Discusses the difficulties of writing and expresses disappointment at Wallace’s book [Travels on the Amazon (1861)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  3 Dec [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3338

To H. W. Bates   15 December [1861]


Praises MS of first chapter of HWB’s book [The naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)]. Suggests he give common names and make comparisons to familiar English species to help readers. Suggests a few changes. Will speak strongly to Murray about publishing whenever HWB is ready.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  15 Dec [1861]
Classmark:  Leeds University Library (Brotherton collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3345
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