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From Henry Walter Bates   6 January 1862

Summary

Sends CD ch. 2 of his book [The naturalist on the river Amazons] for suggestions, having accepted CD’s recommendations concerning ch. 1.

Effects of climate on dress in ch. 1 similar to, but independent of, notions expressed by CD in his Journal of researches [p. 381].

On geology, book deals with distribution and theory of deltas of the Amazon.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3377

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1862

Summary

Grieved to hear of CD’s illness; begs him not to give moment’s thought to his MS until health has returned.

Plans to exhibit mimetic butterflies at Linnean Society.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3381

To H. W. Bates   13 January [1862]

Summary

Has been in bad health and has just read HWB’s MS in the last two days. Praises the book; assured it will be successful. Offers to write to Murray. Hooker interested in conclusions on colour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  13 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3382

From H. W. Bates   25 January 1862

Summary

Thanks CD for returned MS and letter with its good opinion. Asks CD to write to Murray.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 65a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3412

To H. W. Bates   31 January [1862]

Summary

Encloses note from Murray, hoping it will be satisfactory. Murray is ready to see as much of MS as possible. Murray is considered honest but may be cautious, since HWB’s name is unknown to the public.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  31 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3424

To H. W. Bates   27 [February 1862]

Summary

Writes that [Murray’s] terms are very favourable; has never heard of such terms offered for a first work. HWB can depend on fact that Murray is pleased with it [The naturalist on the river Amazons].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  27 [Feb 1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3460

To H. W. Bates   27 February [1862]

Summary

Thanks for information on domestic animals of Indians.

Glad Murray thinks well of MS of The naturalist on the river Amazons.

CD working on proofs of Orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  27 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  Leeds University Library (Brotherton collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3462

To H. W. Bates   16 April [1862]

Summary

Invitation to visit; Hooker will be present. Gives directions to Down. Also plans to invite John Lubbock over for an evening.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  16 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3507

From H. W. Bates   [17 April 1862]

Summary

Accepts CD’s invitation.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Apr 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3511

From H. W. Bates   30 April 1862

Summary

Discusses insects of south temperate S. America and New Zealand, especially with respect to the distribution and origin of Chilean Carabi, and has sent for a German monograph to learn about the eleven species he has found.

He refers to Chilean poverty in butterflies; scanty New Zealand insect fauna.

An analysis of south temperate insects is desirable, but the small English collections make him afraid to undertake it.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 47: 175, DAR 160.1: 67–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3523

To H. W. Bates   4 May [1862]

Summary

Thanks for letter and "valuable" extracts.

If S. American Carabi differ more from other species than do those from other distant locations (e.g., Siberia, Europe, etc.), CD agrees that difference would be too great to have occurred in the recent glacial age; CD also rejects independent origin. Plants seem to migrate more readily than animals. HWB should not underrate length of glacial period; CD also believes they will be driven to an older glacial period.

Sorry about news of British Museum – hopeless to contend against anyone supported by Owen.

CD dearly wishes HWB could find a situation in which he could give time to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  4 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection).
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3532

To H. W. Bates   9 May [1862]

Summary

Referring to conversation with Lyell, CD is certain that there was a Miocene glacial period.

Compliments HWB on the mimetic display at the British Museum. Those at the Museum readily accepted HWB’s "doctrine".

Was shown genital organs of closely allied Chrysomelidae.

Albert Günther is candidate for position at Museum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  9 May [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3540

From H. W. Bates   19 May 1862

Summary

Miocene glacial period a remarkable discovery; if it is true, enlargement of Tertiary period necessary.

Received German monograph on Chilean Carabi that does not answer where isolated species came from.

HWB finds genital modifications of Chrysomela strong support for the theory.

Thanks for copy of Orchids.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 69
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3564

To H. W. Bates   11 June [1862]

Summary

Encloses a question [missing] concerning language [from Hensleigh Wedgwood].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  11 June [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (284)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3596

From H. W. Bates   14 June 1862

Summary

Sends answer to Wedgwood’s query

and is sorry to hear CD is again unwell.

His book is progressing very slowly.

Asks that CD not make use of any of the facts about generative organs in beetles for he finds "such a chaos of statements" that facts are not to be depended upon.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 June 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3604

To H. W. Bates   15 October [1862]

Summary

Asks for news of HWB and his book.

There has been sickness in CD’s family; one of the boys [and Emma] had scarlet fever.

Has had a letter from Edwin Brown of Burton who is working on classification of Carabi.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  15 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3764

From H. W. Bates   17 October 1862

Summary

Still working on book and has completed 620 out of 700 pages.

Rewrote memoir [on mimicry in Amazon Lepidoptera] for Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. [23 (1862): 495–566].

Edwin Brown, HWB’s earliest naturalist friend, will have a hard time classifying Carabi as he is unable to travel.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3771

To H. W. Bates   18 October [1862]

Summary

Thanks for last note. Assures HWB that all writers have problems similar to his.

Plans to inquire at Linnean Society for HWB’s paper.

His family, including Mrs Darwin and Leonard, are now well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  18 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3773

To H. W. Bates   20 November [1862]

Summary

Just finished HWB’s paper ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 495–566], one of the most remarkable he has ever read. Found mimetic cases and connection of facts marvellous. Finds equally important the facts on variation and segregation of complete and semi-complete species. Questions whether insect mimicry is not due to small size and defencelessness. Criticises title of paper. Mentions that Wallace will appreciate it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  20 Nov [1862]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3816

From H. W. Bates   24 November 1862

Summary

Gratified by CD’s approval of paper which was also praised by Hooker and Wallace. Only cares for one other opinion, that of C. Felder of Vienna. He finds ordinary entomologists are not scientific men. Asks for more criticisms; desires to publish paper in a widely circulating journal to advertise his book.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3825
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