To T. W. Woodbury 7 December 1
I cannot think of any means of aiding you with respect to Bees from the E. Indies.2 You must be sanguine to hope to keep a Tropical insect through our winters; but I fully admit that no one can foresee what will happen in such cases. Mr Wallace was only touring in Devonshire,3 his address is
A. R. Wallace, Esqre.
5, Westbourne Grove Terrace
The only man, whom I can suggest to communicate with is
E. Blyth, Esqre 4
He is the Curator and an excellent Naturalist, but sadly overworked; yet very obliging. He is not an Entomologist; but attends much to domesticated animals.
I shall be truly grateful for the piece of comb: be so kind as to address it as follows to my Brother’s House5
Ch. Darwin, Esqre
6 Queen Anne Street
To be left till called for
I am also truly obliged to your great kindness in getting my query on the variation of the Bee circulated in Germany; I have been very glad to see the answers.6
My dear Sir | yours sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin.
Cannot aid TWW with respect to bees from East Indies. Suggests he write to Edward Blyth.
Thanks him for getting query on variation in bees circulated in Germany.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3849,” accessed on 25 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3849