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From H. W. Bates   14 June 1862

King St Leicester

14 June 1862

My Dear Mr Darwin

Adjoined is a sort of answer to Mr Wedgwood’s query & I shall be glad if it prove of any use.1 I am truly sorry to hear of your being again more unwell than usual: but this under the circumstances of the interruption to your work which it causes, is a national concern.

My book “progresses” it is true, but slowly.2 How thoroughly ashamed I am to have bragged to you how quickly I could write it.3 I am at it every day as many hours as I can stand; but what takes me one day to write, takes 5 to alter.

Please do not make use of the facts about generative organs in beetles which I gave you.4 Conversing in London again with those gentlemen I find such a chaos of statements that the facts are not to be depended upon—

Yours sincerely | H W Bates


See letter to H. W. Bates, 11 June [1862] and n. 2. The enclosure has not been found.
Bates 1863.
No letter from Bates containing such a claim has been found. However, when CD wrote to John Murray asking whether he would be interested in publishing Bates’s travel narrative, he emphasised that Bates wished ‘to publish soon’ (see letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862]).
See letter from H. W. Bates, 19 May 1862.


Sends answer to Wedgwood’s query

and is sorry to hear CD is again unwell.

His book is progressing very slowly.

Asks that CD not make use of any of the facts about generative organs in beetles for he finds "such a chaos of statements" that facts are not to be depended upon.

Letter details

Letter no.
Bates, H. W.
Darwin, C. R.
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Source of text
DAR 160.1: 70
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3604,” accessed on 21 October 2016,