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From G. H. Haydon   12 September 1881

Bethlem Royal Hospital. | London. S.E.

Sept 12th. 1881


Referring to a quotation from a letter of yours inserted in the Evening Standard of the 5th inst I beg you will not consider me intrusive in sending some genuine Hudson’s Bay Mosquitoes sent me at my request a year or two ago, by my son, from Moose Factory—1

Let the minuteness of my offering plead for me in taking up a minute of your valuable time—

Your obedient Servant | Geo H Haydon

Darwin | &c &c &c


The London Evening Standard almost certainly carried the same letter that appeared in many newspapers, most prominently in The Times, 5 September 1881, p. 10, titled ‘Mr. Darwin on mosquitoes’ (see letter to Stephen Price, 1 September [1881]). Haydon’s son Walton Haydon was a surgeon with the Hudson’s Bay Company, at Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada; in 1881, he also made a collection of natural history specimens from the area, which was acquired by the United States National Museum (see Preble 1902, p. 27).


Preble, Edward A. 1902. A biological investigation of the Hudson Bay region. North American fauna no. 22. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


Sending some Hudson’s Bay mosquitoes because of a letter of CD’s quoted in Evening Standard, 5 Sept 1881.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Henry Haydon
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Source of text
DAR 166: 124
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13333,” accessed on 8 June 2023,