From H. W. Bates 20 April 1863
22 Harmood Street | Haverstock hill N.W
April 20 1863
My Dear Mr Darwin
I have at length returned from Leicester & the above will be now my address for a long time.1 Your last note to me at Leicester stated you had just received my book & were commencing to read.2 I hope now you have finished & are ready to pronounce sentence.3 With regard to the other matter you mention, namely my prospects;4 I must be open with you as I have been heretofore. My total income is £123 £100 of which is allowed to me by my brothers on account of my withdrawing from their small business (which was not large enough to support 3 of us) & leaving £1000 of my capital on loan, the other £23 is interest on shares.5
Now I hope to add by scientific or literary work sufficient to enable me to live modestly. I should consider myself well off if I could gain an additional £150.
There is perhaps some slight chance of my getting in at British Museum which of course would fix me for life.6 I can get plenty of Entomological work from private persons but it is of a tedious, mechanical nature & would prevent me from undertaking original researches.7
The house I have taken is a very small one, but retired & semi-rural Mrs B. is a plain domesticated woman so there you have it all.8
One of my reviewers “hopes that I have made my expedition answer in a pecuniary point of view”9 It certainly did not answer for the total savings of my 11 years work did not exceed £800
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
I go to Murray today to ascertain the trade result of my book10
Expresses hope that CD is ready to pronounce sentence on his book;
he relates his financial position and mentions that he hopes to get a position at the British Museum.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4116,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4116