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To Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer1   [before 25 June 1859]2


Coleoptera at Down.— We three very young collectors have lately taken, in the parish of Down, six miles from Bromley, Kent, the following beetles, which we believe to be rare, namely, Licinus silphoides, Panagus 4-pustulatus and Clytus mysticus. As this parish is only fifteen miles from London, we have thought that you might think it worth while to insert this little notice in the ‘Intelligencer.’—3

Francis, Leonard & Horace Darwin.


Although the published letter was signed ‘Francis, Leonard & Horace Darwin’, CD composed and sent it (LL 2: 140). See also letter to W. D. Fox, 13 November [1858], and n.3.
The date is established by the publication of the letter in Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer, 25 June 1859.
Henry Tibbats Stainton was the editor.


LL: The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8.


Report on three rare beetles they have recently taken in Down parish.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin; Leonard Darwin; Horace Darwin
Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer
Sent from
Source of text
Entomologist’s Weekly Intelligencer 6 (1859): 99

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2472,” accessed on 23 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7