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Darwin Correspondence Project

From H. W. Bates   7 February 1874

1, Savile Row, | Burlington Gardens, | W

Feb 7 1874

My dear Mr Darwin

All the books you asked for were fortunately “at home”, & a clerk has already packed them up & sent them, addressed as you wished.1 With regard to the classified catalogue,2 I believe I have authority from the Council to present copies to any Institution or Individual whom I may think would make a good use of them; there will be no need, therefore, to trouble you for the amt nominallly charged.

I have not at present learnt Dr Staley’s whereabouts; nor has any one from the Sandwich Is. turned up here, by happy chance.3

Yours sincerely | H W Bates


CD had asked for some books from the library of the Royal Geographical Society, of which Bates was assistant secretary (see letter to H. W. Bates, 6 February 1874).
Thomas Nettleship Staley was bishop of Honolulu, Hawaii, until 1870. CD had asked about the decline of the population in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in his letter to Staley of 13 January [1874]; Staley did not answer until 12 February 1874.


Evans, Godfrey M. 1871. Classified catalogue of the library of the Royal Geographical Society, to December, 1870. London: John Murray.


Books CD requested have been packed and sent.

He will present CD with the classified catalogue [of Royal Geographical Society].

He has not learned whereabouts of Thomas Staley.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Walter Bates
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
R. Geogr. Soc.
Source of text
DAR 160: 91
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9275,” accessed on 23 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22