From John Lubbock 15 December 1862
15 Dec. 1862
My dear Mr. Darwin
I did not reply to your note at once because I had not then finished reading Bates’ paper.1
It is certainly very good, but as you yourself suggested I can’t see any reason why you should not, & several why you should, write the article for us yourself.2 I have two short articles in our forthcoming number,3 I have to do one on the Swiss lakes for our next,4 besides two papers for the Linnæan & a lecture at the Royal Institution.5 So you see my hands are already too full.
But you have the subject so completely at your fingers end, & have no doubt studied the question of the mimetic resemblances so much & thought out its bearings on Natural Selection, that it would give you very little trouble (comparatively) to write two or three pages about it.
Do see whether you can’t do this for us.
I hope you have all kept well.
Believe me, dear Mr Darwin, always | Yours affectionately | John Lubbock
C Darwin Esq
Thinks Bates’s paper on mimetic butterflies ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 495–566], is very good; would appreciate an article on it from CD ["On mimetic butterflies", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 219–24; Collected papers 2: 87–92].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3862,” accessed on 18 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3862