From H. W. Bates 8 April 1863
King Street | Leicester
8 April 1863
My Dear Mr Darwin
I have been very busy for the last 10 days with all the little details connected with a change of residence & am now in Leicester packing up my collections & library for removal to London.1 This will account for my not writing before to thank you for the very beautiful review of my essay in the “Natural History review”.2 By this days post I send a copy of my book of travels for your acceptance.3 I finished all my work connected with it 6 weeks ago & am now quite tired of it, the delays having been so numerous & tedious.4 I found I had written for about 200 pages more than was necessary & so was obliged to leave out much matter including a long, unfinished account of origin of species by segregation of races in support of yr theory.
Mr Murray seems very slow to push my book, friends here complaining that it has never been properly advertised.5 The expenses were very great (over 700£) & the price in consequence is fixed high.6 Very few copies will be sent to reviewers so that there will be slow progress. Your most well-timed remarks at the end of your little review will be the best advertisement I have had or expect to have.7
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
I remain here till the 14th.
Preparations under way to move to London account for delay in thanking CD for his review [Collected papers 2: 87–92].
His book is finished, and he is sending a copy to CD; owing to the great expense few copies will be sent to reviewers.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4079,” accessed on 27 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4079