To W. B. Tegetmeier 8 [June 1858]1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am confined to sofa, so will you excuse my writing with pencil.— That is capital idea of fixing piece of wax & I will also try it; for I shd be so glad to get cylindrical excavation to measure carefully with micrometer.
I certainly shd be very glad to have the Box with beginning of cells, & I could return it you if you require such commenced cells.— I had been thinking of asking you to send me one of your Hives & let me know price (for I gave away your paper)2 & I cd repay you by P. order.— Would not the very Box with commenced cells do?— I do not care for its not being new— I enclose address— I must try & buy a swarm—
I do not know what L. B. has been at.—3
I am partly a disciple of Waterhouse, but not wholly.4 Perhaps I may see more yet to change my opinions. I hope you will publish on subject. I shall not for about 2 years, so I cd profit by any remarks of yours—5 A Bee’s cell with one side alone flat or angular wd be the most valuable datum for my mathematical notions.6
Very many thanks about the owl; sometime I shd be very glad of specimen.—7
With very many thanks | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
I fear you will hardly read this.
P.S. | I have got some excavated hemispherical bases in artificial wax—hurrah! I thank you cordially for this capital suggestion.8
Discusses bees’ cells. Wants hive and swarm; would be glad to have WBT’s box with commenced cells. "I am partly a disciple of Waterhouse, but not wholly."
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Tegetmeier, W. B.
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- Source of text
- Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Tegetmeier, W. B. ser.2: 50)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2281,” accessed on 24 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2281