To H. W. Bates 21 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Bates
You must not hurry yourself. You understand that I always want male & female.2
I shd like
Typhœus3 English species
Copris (not English sp.)
Geotrupes 2 sp.
4 or 5 or 6 other genera, some differing much, some differing little according to sex. in external appearance
I heard in Chile Chiasognathus Grantii squeaking loudly so I wd gladly pay £1 for a pr, if they can be bought: I brought home a dozen sps. but gave them all away.4
If the beetles do not come named, & they prove interesting, I dare say you cd put me up to getting them named.
Will you pay Mr Janson for me?5 or ask him to send me a mem.? any how I shd like his address so that I might apply for more specimens if the result proves interesting, which I don’t expect.
Should you be able to come down the early part of next month & spend the Sunday here; it wd give us very great pleasure to see you & it wd make it pleasant to Mr Jenner Weir6 who has been extraordinarily kind & whom I want to invite here.
With many thanks | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
We cd send to station on Saturday evening & on the Monday Morning.
Lists specimens he wants from Mr Janson, emphasising that he always wants male and female.
He extends an invitation for a Sunday in early June.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Henry Walter Bates
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- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description