To George Robert Waterhouse [after 22 May 1845]1
Down, Bromley, Kent
[thanks him for his description of the niata ox]2
I am delighted to hear that you are grappling with the Galapagos insects:3 the more I go into the Fauna, the more peculiar it is: out of 17 land shells 16 are new species confined to the group!4
[…] of you, but it will not cost you five minutes: it is to tell me by return of Post, whether any Entomologists, besides yourself, Walker,5 & A. White,6 have described any number of my insects:7 who described some flys?8
I want to know, because in my Preface I give an outline of the scientific publications of the Voyage.9
Ever my dear Waterhouse | yours truly | C. Darwin
[refers to a cargo of bones from ‘a little north of the St. of Magellan’,10 & says that if he does not hear from White about the spiders11 in eight days it will be too late.]
Thanks him for describing the niata ox.
He is delighted that GRW is grappling with Galápagos insects. Needs to know immediately whether any entomologists beside GRW, Walker and A. White have described his insects.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 864A,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-864A