To John Lubbock [September 1854]1
I do not know whether you care about Beetles, but for the chance I send this in a Bottle, which, I never remember having seen, though it is excessively rash to speak from a 26 year old remembrance. Whenever we meet you can tell me whether you know it.—
I have been so much interested by Westwood, that I have ordered a copy.2 I feel like an old war-horse at the sound of the trumpet, when I read about the capturing of rare beetles— is not this a magnanimous simile for a decayed entomologist. It really almost makes me long to begin collecting again.
Adios.— “Floreat Entomologia”, to which toast at Cambridge, I have drunk many a glass of wine,3 so again “Floreat Entomologia”. N.B. I have not now been drinking any glasses full of wine.
Your’s | C. D.—
Sends beetle he cannot identify.
Reading J. O. Westwood [Introduction to the modern classification of insects (1839–40)] has reawakened his passion for entomology.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1585,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1585