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Darwin Correspondence Project

From H. W. Bates   29 March 1865

Royal Geographical Society | 15, Whitehall Place, S.W.

March 29 1865

My Dear Mr Darwin

Enclosed is the promised portrait.1 Will you do me the favour to send me yours for my album;2 the larger one you gave me in 1862 now hangs up in my study.3

I sent a copy of “Mimetic Butts. to Mr Walsh.4 We are overwhelmed here with North Pole business.5

Yours sincerely | H W Bates


See letter from H. W. Bates, 22 March 1865. A photograph of Bates is reproduced facing page 121.
No reply to this request has been found; however, CD may have sent the photograph taken by William Erasmus Darwin in June 1864, which is reproduced as the frontispiece to Correspondence vol. 12 (see also ibid., letter from J. D. Hooker, [11 June 1864]).
CD had probably sent Bates a copy of the photograph taken by William Erasmus Darwin in 1861, which is reproduced as the frontispiece to Correspondence vol. 9 (see also ibid., letter to Asa Gray, 11 April [1861]).
The references are to Bates 1861 and Benjamin Dann Walsh. See letter from H. W. Bates, 22 March 1865 and n. 2.
Bates refers to the efforts made by the council of the Royal Geographical Society to obtain government sponsorship for an expedition to the North Pole (see Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 33 (1865): clxxix–clxxxii); Bates was assistant secretary of the society.


Bates, Henry Walter. 1861. Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley. Lepidoptera: Heliconidæ. [Read 21 November 1861.] Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 23 (1860–2): 495–566.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


He encloses a portrait and asks for one of CD.

He has sent mimetic paper to B. D. Walsh.

Mentions work at Royal Geographical Society on N. Pole business [plans for an Arctic expedition, eventually postponed until 1875–6].

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Walter Bates
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
R. Geogr. Soc.
Source of text
DAR 160: 81
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4800,” accessed on 23 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13