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To Frederick Smith   12 March 1878

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

March 12 1878

My dear Mr Smith,

I have thought that the enclosed specimens might interest you. As far as my ignorance permits me to judge, the great difference in the casts of workers seems very curious; & some of Mrs Treats observations on their habits. She has done some good work with plants. I do not want either the specimens or note returned. Should the facts be sufficiently new, I do not doubt that she would be much gratified by your mentioning the fact before the Entomological Society.

Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin

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Darwin, C. R.
Smith, Frederick (a)
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Patricia, Viscountess Boyd of Merton
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Sends FS some specimens of harvesting ants along with the observations of their habits made by Mary Treat. If the facts are new, he believes that Mrs Treat would be gratified by their being mentioned before the Entomological Society. [See 11422.]

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11418A,” accessed on 27 May 2016,