From Henry Walter Bates 8 June 1869
Royal Geographical Society | 15, Whitehall Place, S.W.
June 8 1869
My dear Mr Darwin
I am ashamed to say that my brother Entomologists have almost nothing to offer you in statistics of sexes of bred insects.
Last evening there was a Meeting of the Society & I took the opportunity of asking all the practical Entomologists individually if they had done anything towards answering the appeal made to them some months ago & I found they had done nothing.1 There was only one exception & I am promised the results of enumeration by one gentleman a Mr Buckler, which as soon as I receive I will forward to you.2
I trust this glorious weather finds you well & in happy working condition
Yours sincerely | H W Bates
I have had a fearfully busy season—in Geography3
Ashamed that members of the Entomological Society have almost no information on sex ratio of bred insects in response to CD’s query of months ago. One exception, William Buckler, promises results. [See Descent 1: 313.]