To H. W. Bates 15 December 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Many thanks for the paper & references on pairing of vars,—a subject which interests me much.— If I do not hear to contrary I will keep the paper sent, though I do not see in it much on pairing of varieties.2
I would not on any account give you trouble to copy the passages out of Zoologist;3 when I come to subject I can consult the volume in London.—
I am sorry for all your trouble & delay about artists &c; but it is a law of nature that they will give trouble & it is of no use fighting against a law of nature.4
Good luck to you. | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
By any chance did you ever come across Indians, hardly pressed by famine,— who were thus compelled to cook in new ways & try new vegetable productions?—5 If by any odd chance, you have, I shd be glad to hear; otherwise do not write to say that you do not know.—
Thanks for paper and references on variations [missing].
Regrets HWB’s trouble about artists, etc., saying such trouble is a law of nature.
Asks whether HWB has heard of starving Indians who are forced to cook in different ways, and eat new things.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3861,” accessed on 24 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3861