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To Henry Denny   21 July [1847]

Down. Farnborough. Kent

July 21st.

Dear Sir

I much regret that we had not the pleasure of seeing each other at Oxford. I did not happen to hear that you were there otherwise I would have exerted myself to have found you out; but I did not attend the sections regularly & the state of my health at all times compels me to live a very quiet life. There were others at Oxford whom to my regret, I missed seeing besides yourself—

Pray by all means keep any duplicates of my parasitic insects for your own collection. Where there are not duplicates in my own collection; if you positively know that the B. Museum has the same species, pray keep my specimens— I consider that I did not promise duplicates to the Museum.1

Mr. Lyell procured at my request for you some pediculi, from the Negros in N America;2 perhaps they have already been forwarded to you but in the Autumn when Mr Lyell returns, I will make enquiries.3

Pray believe me, | dear Sir. | Yours very faithfully. | C. Darwin. To. A. Denny4 Esqre.

Footnotes

Six of CD’s lice specimens are in the British Museum (K. G. V. Smith 1987, p. 71).
Charles Lyell visited the United States for a second time from September 1845 until June 1846 (K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 83). CD had asked Lyell to collect the lice specimens for Denny in October 1845 (Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Charles Lyell, 8 October [1845]).
Lyell was staying at the family seat, Kinnordy House, Scotland, during July and August.
The copyist misread CD’s handwriting: ‘A.’ is a mistake for ‘H.’

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Smith, Kenneth G. V. 1987. Darwin’s insects: Charles Darwin’s entomological notes. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Historical series 14: 1–143.

Summary

Regrets not seeing HD at Oxford meeting [of BAAS].

He may keep duplicates of parasitic insects from CD’s collection. Lyell has collected Pediculi for HD from Negroes in North America.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1103
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Henry Denny
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 143: 383
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1103,” accessed on 26 February 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-1103.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4

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