To Henry Tibbats Stainton 13 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
Private Dear Sir
I am much obliged to you for so courteously sending me a copy of “Entomologist Weekly Intelligencer”.—2 I do not suppose that I ought to mention anything which passed on the Council. But I may say that I individually have nothing to object to in your remarks.—3 I can see, however, that apparently you are not aware of a most important change made 3 years ago, with consent of the Queen, in the distribution of the Royal Medals; before that time it was compulsory in the Council to give it to men for publications in the Transactions, & this will explain, if you take the trouble to look at the names, the cause of many of the awards.— It was, I think, an extremely bad rule. Hence I think you will perceive why, except to Mr Newport, no medal was given to an Entomologist.4
Since the rule was changed, the 3 recipients have been myself, (when I was not on council) Dr Hooker, & Mr. Westwood.5 As I have been a recipient, of course I can say nothing whether or no the awards have been well, or atrociously ill made; but this I can say that the Council take great trouble in deciding, & a most difficult & disagreeable task it is to perform.—
Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks HTS for Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer [no. 2, 12 Apr 1856]. Agrees with his remarks [in "Why did Mr Westwood get the Royal Medal?"], but explains that a change in rules for awarding the Royal Medal has been made. Earlier it had to be given for publications in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, which explains small number of entomologist recipients.