To Frederick Smith 4 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your note.— Whenever you have finally determined about the Bee, not that it is likely that you will find cause to change your opinion, I will carefully measure the diameter of the cells; & if, as I fully believe, they are sensibly larger, the fact will be curious. The more curious, as Reaumur thought the size so fixed, that he proposed this as a universal standard of measurements for mankind!1
Thanks for information about the genera allied to Pompilus, which I did not know.— I had heard of Calathus & wish I knew where I could obtain more special information,—viz whether all the gradations in size of wing occur in the same place, or whether the variations are local, &c &c.—
With sincere thanks for your never-failing kindness, believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S Waterhouse wants much to see the gradation between common & Drone cells.—2
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Smith, Frederick (a)
- Sent from
- Source of text
- H. R. Glennie . See Garry Tee information on file. FHB Evidently he was wrong in . thinking that the letter was addressed to Mantell. ASB . Joynson watermark: 1859. . The letter no longer belongs to Dr. Auburn.
- Physical description
Variations in sizes of bees’ cells.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2746,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2746