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To Samuel Hubbard Scudder   15 September [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Sept. 15

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for sending me your “Revision &c” & paper on Lepidoptera, & for various other papers on former occasions, many of which I have read with very great interest—2

I thank you also for your present of Harris’ Ent.— Correspondence, in which I daresay I shall find points of interest;3 for I possess two Editions of his “Insects of New England”, which I have read with profit—4

With my best thanks & sincere respect.— | I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Harris 1869; see n. 3, below.
CD refers to Scudder’s Revision of the large, stylated, fossorial crickets (Scudder 1869a); CD’s copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. Scudder had recently published several papers on Lepidoptera (Scudder 1868, Scudder 1869b, and Scudder 1869c). A copy of Scudder 1869c is in Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. Beginning in 1861, Scudder had sent numerous publications and reports to CD (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to Andrew Murray, 10 April [1862] and n. 2, and Scudder 1861). They are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Scudder edited the Entomological correspondence of Thaddeus William Harris (Harris 1869). CD’s lightly annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–Down (see Marginalia 1: 361).
CD’s annotated copy of A treatise on some of the insects of New England, which are injurious to vegetation (Harris 1842) is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 361–2). CD’s copy of a later edition of the book (Harris 1862) is in the Darwin Library–Down.


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

Harris, Thaddeus William. 1842. A treatise on some of the insects of New England, which are injurious to vegetation. Cambridge, Mass.: John Owen.

Harris, Thaddeus William. 1862. A treatise on some of the insects injurious to vegetation. New edition. Edited by Charles L. Flint. Boston: Crosby and Nichols.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Scudder, Samuel Hubbard. 1861. On the genus Raphidophora, Serville; with descriptions of four species from the caves of Kentucky, and from the Pacific coast. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 8 (1861–2): 6–14.

Scudder, Samuel Hubbard. 1868. Supplement to a list of the butterflies of New England. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 11: 375–84.


Thanks SHS for papers he has sent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Samuel Hubbard Scudder
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Source of text
Boston Society of Natural History (papers at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6893,” accessed on 18 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17