From H. W. Bates 24 November 1862
King St Leicester
Nov 24 1862
My Dear Mr Darwin
I am now well repaid for the labour of writing the paper in Linn. Trans. having received your warm & discriminating approval.1 Dr Hooker has also written a most friendly letter on the subject valuing the treatise highly.2 Mr Wallace & I discussed the matter last time I was in London & he thinks me entirely right.3 As for the “mob” of Naturalists, I don’t care much about them.4 There is only one man in Europe who will be able to follow my reasonings species by species & variety by variety; this is Dr C. Felder of Vienna & I shall be glad to hear from him upon the subject.5 As to ordinary Entomologists they cannot be considered scientific men but must be ranked with collectors of postage stamps & crockery.
I wish to have more criticisms from you on the subject, when you are quite at leisure (what an idea!).— I am quite sure I could now put the case much more strongly. But you say the argument is quite clear so I must rest contented. I now believe one of the forms of Leptalis (L. argochloe) is not an immediate descendant from L. Theonoe, as the other varieties are, but has originated (in a similar way) somewhere westward in Andean Valleys & has wandered to the Amazons. It would be tedious here to give reasons. Does it occur to you that a great deal may be unexpectedly learnt by thus thoroughly going into one small group of Natural objects? The more I study them the more I am surprised at the wonderful revelations which spring from them: much more than is explained in my treatise. 〈two pages missing〉
I am vain enough to wish to see the paper noticed in some widely circulated publication, think’g it may introduce my book.6 Do you know anything of Sir J. Herschel or his address?7 I hear he writes those capital monthly summaries of science in the “Cornhill” & would like to send him a copy.8
Gratified by CD’s approval of paper which was also praised by Hooker and Wallace. Only cares for one other opinion, that of C. Felder of Vienna. He finds ordinary entomologists are not scientific men. Asks for more criticisms; desires to publish paper in a widely circulating journal to advertise his book.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3825,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3825