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To G. R. Waterhouse   [January–June 1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

My dear Waterhouse

Wednesday Evn

Will you be so kind as to take the trouble to send me the proper form for proposing a member (eldest son of Sir. J. Lubbock who some day will, I think, be a good & active Naturalist) for the Entomological Soc.1 will you at same time tell me terms of annual payment & as compounder; & oblige me by getting my Proposal seconded.

Will you be so kind as to send me Hodgsons Pamplet on Sheep2 to Athenæum Club— you have, I think, heretofore forgotten it.—

Lastly you told me you wd. look for chance of your having odd numbers of your Mammalia, of which I have 12, 13, 14 & 15, before I order the remainder of Bailliere.—3

I am most truly sorry that work has stopped—

Ever yours | C. Darwin

I hope the World goes well with you.—


John Lubbock was elected to membership on 1 July 1850. Waterhouse was president of the Entomological Society at the time.
Hodgson 1847. CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. CD had lent Waterhouse this pamphlet, see letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 March 1849.
Waterhouse 1846–8. As a result of the outbreak of the French revolution of 1848, the publisher, Hippolyte Baillière, was unable to continue publishing the work (DNB). The two volumes published cover the Marsupiata and Rodentia, and both are in the Darwin Library–CUL. CD had reviewed the first volume (Marsupiata) (Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Annals and Magazine of Natural History, [December 1846]; Collected papers 1: 214–17).


Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.

Waterhouse, George Robert. 1846–8. A natural history of the Mammalia. 2 vols. London: H. Baillière.


Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Robert Waterhouse
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Source of text
Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1144,” accessed on 2 June 2023,

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