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DCP-LETT-1585

To John Lubbock   [September 1854]1

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Thursday

Dear Lubbock

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.—

Footnotes

1
Dated on the basis of CD’s reference to Westwood 1839–40 (see n. 2, below).
2
Westwood 1839–40. CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL. He recorded having read it on 25 September 1854 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 10).
3
See CD’s correspondence with his cousin William Darwin Fox during their time as undergraduates in Cambridge (Correspondence vol. 1).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1585
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Lubbock, John
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 263: 8 (EH 88206457)
Physical description
2pp

Summary

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 5 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1585

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