To John Obadiah Westwood 15 August 1
2. Hesketh Crescent | Torquay
My dear Sir
Your note of the 12th has been received here today.2 Although as a general rule it seems to me best to deposit specimens in the Brit. Museum & I bitterly regret I did not send there all my specimens,3 yet from what you say it gives me real pleasure to concur with Prof. Bell in sending my Crustaceans to the Oxford museum,4 which under your guardianship I do not doubt will become a grand repository.5
You may remember sending me two Bees with pollen-masses attached.6 I am now drawing up a long paper on the fertilisation of Orchids. As the Bees had to be returned I could not ascertain to what species the pollinia belonged. You said in your note you thought you had moths with pollen-masses attached: if you have any specimen with such attached to the head or base of the proboscis (especially if only a single pollen-mass) & would allow me to steam the moth & so remove the pollen-mass, (which I could gum again on head), you would confer a great service on me & which should be acknowledged in my paper.— Of certain Orchids I have examined plenty of attached pollen-masses, but it is of much consequence to me to see some other kinds.— If in your power perhaps you will kindly assist me.7
I shall be here 10 days more & then return to Down.—
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
Can you give me reference to Morren’s paper, to which you alluded?8
As a general rule CD thinks it best to deposit specimens in the British Museum, and "bitterly regrets" he did not send all his specimens there. Nevertheless he agrees to sending his crustaceans to the Oxford Museum.
CD is at work on Orchids. He would be greatly obliged if JOW could send him specimens of pollen-masses attached to head or base of proboscis of moths.
Asks for reference to Morren’s paper that JOW mentioned before [see 2862].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Westwood, J. O.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Oxford University Museum (Hope Entomological collections)
- Physical description
- fertilisation and generation
- queries / requests
- relation of organism to organism
- specimens / samples
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3234,” accessed on 24 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3234