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To Samuel Hubbard Scudder   15 September [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Sept. 15

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for sending me your “Revision &c” & paper on Lepidoptera, & for various other papers on former occasions, many of which I have read with very great interest—2

I thank you also for your present of Harris’ Ent.— Correspondence, in which I daresay I shall find points of interest;3 for I possess two Editions of his “Insects of New England”, which I have read with profit—4

With my best thanks & sincere respect.— | I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Harris 1869; see n. 3, below.
CD refers to Scudder’s Revision of the large, stylated, fossorial crickets (Scudder 1869a); CD’s copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. Scudder had recently published several papers on Lepidoptera (Scudder 1868, Scudder 1869b, and Scudder 1869c). A copy of Scudder 1869c is in Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. Beginning in 1861, Scudder had sent numerous publications and reports to CD (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to Andrew Murray, 10 April [1862] and n. 2, and Scudder 1861). They are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Scudder edited the Entomological correspondence of Thaddeus William Harris (Harris 1869). CD’s lightly annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 361).
CD’s annotated copy of A treatise on some of the insects of New England, which are injurious to vegetation (Harris 1842) is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 361–2). CD’s copy of a later edition of the book (Harris 1862) is in the Darwin Library–Down.


Thanks SHS for papers he has sent.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel Hubbard Scudder
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Boston Society of Natural History (papers at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6893,” accessed on 15 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17