To G. R. Waterhouse [4 or 11 September 1842]
12 Up. Gower St
My dear Waterhouse
I really can hardly express how much obliged I am to you for the shamefully great amount of trouble you have taken for me, and for my nephew,1 to whom, I am sure, the collection will give infinite pleasure. My cabinet must have cost you a very great deal of trouble.— And the book on bees too!
Thank you also for the feather for my Father.—
I am in a terrible state of bustle, but the work & excitement hitherto has given me the strength of a giant.—
You know you have a few Coleopt: of mine to name—2 And at some future time, one more empty case (as the one you have sent goes to my nephew). The case might be sent, any time when ready & directed to the Athenæum Club.
Gray3 was asking me not to forget Brit. Mus. in distributing my insects— it is entirely in your hands so I pass on the memento to you.—
With many thanks | my dear Waterhouse | Most truly Yours | C. Darwin
Thanks GRW for collection [of insects] he has made up for CD’s nephew.
Leaves decision to GRW as to which institutions should receive CD’s Beagle insects.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 641,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-641