To B. D. Walsh 9 August 
Down, Bromley, Kent
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged for your note & for the Practical Entomologist.1 I received your last paper & read it carefully & have just looked at it & find many passages marked, amongst others the concluding paragraph; but I am not sure that I think so much of this argument as of some others which you have advanced.2 I must say I am very glad to hear that you are going to give up your Journal for it must have been a very heavy burden, especially of late with your wife in such a suffering state.3 You will also now have more time for science.
With respect to the duplicate of the “Origin” I should rather like it to be sent to Dr. Leidy, the Paleontologist;4 but if there is any one else to whom you would like to send it, pray do so. I have been working very hard at my new book & I have no brains left, so you must excuse the stupidity of this letter, & the circumstance that I cannot say positively whether I received your letter of Feb 25, but if I did receive it it is safe for future reference in one of my portfolios.5 I do not remember ever receiving an unpaid letter from you. I am sorry to say I do not know the name of the oak gall which has spread throughout England.6 I was much interested by the passages which you marked in the Prac: Entomol: & have one question which I should be much obliged if you would sometime answer; it is, are you sure that the Lucanidæ use their great jaws to hold the females in copulation; I always thought that they used them in fighting with other males, & I am nearly sure that this is the case.—7
My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Is not sure he thinks so much of BDW’s argument in his last paper as of some others he advanced. Is BDW sure Lucanidae use jaws for holding female in copulation rather than for fighting other males?
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Walsh, B. D.
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- Source of text
- Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (Walsh 15)
- Physical description
- 4pp †
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5603,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5603