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From John Innes1   [before 6 April 1861]2

with spiteful little savages. I think a bee never gets his sting withdrawn from human skin. I have often been stung and not touched them and the sting, if really inserted, has always remained behind. 〈    〉 withdraw the sting with no difficulty—

We have only three weeks now to remain in these comfortable quarters. We shall go with much regret  3 We have made some plans. 〈    〉 I do

CD annotations

1.1 I think … skin. 1.2] double scored pencil, brown crayon; ‘(Rev J. Innes)’ written over text, pencil
1.2 I have … behind. 1.3] scored brown crayon, square bracket added at end, pencil
2.1 We have … plans. 2.2] crossed pencil


The identity of the correspondent is given by CD’s annotation.
Dated by the relationship to the letter from John D. Glennie Jr, 6 April 1861.
Innes, having been unable to secure accommodation in Down village the previous year, was living elsewhere (see Correspondence vol. 8, letters to John Innes, 18 July [1860], 6 September [1860], 11 September [1860], and 28 December [1860]).


A bee’s sting always remains behind.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Brodie Innes
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 48: 69
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3074,” accessed on 19 May 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9