To H. W. Bates 30 March 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Would not the tabulating the Horned Beetles be very troublesome:2 if not I certainly shd. like to hear the result. But in truth it would be a pity for you to waste or take up much time over the job, for some general remarks would do very well for my object.
Your remarks in answer to my lady-friend (Miss Tollet daughter of late Mr Tollet of Betley Hall)3 are interesting & fairly satisfactory; but it would have been better if it could have been stated what “other objects” they first mocked; or if it could be shown that some species mocked dull-coloured Heliconidæ, for then as the latter gained their splendid colours so would the mockers.—4 Not that I feel a shadow of doubt about the truth of your theory— it must be true.5 Wallace told me in a letter of the pretty case of the white moth & the young Turkeys.6
I suppose you have, of course, seen his letter to the Field; but I enclose a couple of copies.—7
Many thanks about Junonia— whenever I go to B. Museum, I will ask to see the genus & will look at the differences & similarities in the sexes.—; it seems a capital case. You have indeed given me most valuable information:—8
Dear Bates | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I have just finished hearing read aloud your Amazon Book, & liked it better 2d time even than 1st time.9
I shall send your letter to Miss. T, as she begged me to do.
Would like tabulation of horned beetles if not too troublesome, but would easily settle for general remarks.
On the subject of other species mocking Heliconidae, asks whether full-coloured ones were mocked. Expresses full belief in HWB’s theory.
Encloses a copy of A. R. Wallace’s letter to the Field requesting observations on which caterpillars birds devour.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), FF7
- Physical description
- 4pp enc
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5476,” accessed on 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5476