To H. W. Bates 22 April 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Bates.
Hearty thanks.— you are the man to answer a question fully & clearly.— I return the drawing which & to whole case is capital for me.—2
I have nearly finished my M.S. on Lepidoptera & will then have it copied by a man who writes an excellent hand.—
Your most kind offer of reading it has made all the difference to me: if I had not known this I shd have been tormented the whole time with doubts.3 I have tried to be cautious & to avoid blunders, but when one writes on a subject, with which one is not familiar, mistakes almost inevitably occur.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Two-thirds of the M.S. relates to facts communicated by you to me, or published by you.—
Thanks HWB for answering questions.
The MS on Lepidoptera is almost finished and he is glad HWB will read it; he is fearful of mistakes, not being familiar with the subject.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
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- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6135,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6135