To J. O. Westwood 9 July 
Down Bromley Kent
July 9th. —
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged to your kindness in sending the Bees;1 & I am glad to have seen the pollen-masses attached. I am sorry to say the Hive-Bee came with body loose & what is much worse the pollen-masses were off; I cannot conceive how this could occur for the pin was not loose.— I can see place where pollen-masses were attached; but I have searched in vain for the pollen-masses themselves. I suppose they must have rolled out of Box, whilst I was looking at the Bee, but I do not think that I inclined the Box sufficiently for this— I am extremely sorry for this accident.
I do not know of Morren’s paper about Orchids & insects.2 I was much interested by one on the part which insects play in the fertilisation of the (I think) Stylideæ,3 & shd be glad to have any other reference if you will take the trouble to send it.—
With my best thanks & sincere regret for the accident to your Bee which is unaccountable to me, I remain, My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
I have spent so much money lately that I am not willing to subscribe for the purchase of Wollaston’s collections for your Museum.—4
Thanks JOW for the bees. The pollen-masses that were attached to one of them have unaccountably been lost.
Does not know of a paper by Charles Morren on orchids and insects, and would be glad to have the reference [see 3267, and Orchids, p. 270 n.].
Has spent so much money recently he is unwilling to subscribe for the purchase of T. V. Wollaston’s collection for the [Oxford] Museum.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Westwood, J. O.
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- Source of text
- Oxford University Museum (Hope Entomological collections)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2862,” accessed on 28 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2862