To C. V. Riley 1 June 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Sir
I received some little time ago your Report on Noxious Insects, & have now read the whole with the greatest interest.2 There are a vast number of facts & generalizations of value to me, & I am struck with admiration at your powers of observation. The discussion on mimetic insects seems to me particularly good & original.—3 Pray accept my cordial thanks for the instruction & interest which I have received.
What a loss to natural science our poor mutual friend, Walsh, has been; it is a loss ever to be deplored.4
Pray believe me with much respect | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Your country is far ahead of ours in some respects; our Parliament would think any man mad who should propose to appoint a State Entomologist.5
Comments on CVR’s book [Third annual report on the noxious, beneficial, and other insects of the State of Missouri (1871)].
Discusses mimetic insects.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7794,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7794