To W. E. Darwin [26 May 1858]1
My dear Willy
The funny flower (& funny it is) is the Menyanthes, or Buck-bean I think, is English name.— The yellow flower is a Potentilla or one of its allies, one of the Rosaceæ.—2
I have been having a bad cold & am not very bright today, so shall not write much.— I am very glad that you are contented about going back to Norfolk.—3
I have come to heavy grief about my Bees-cells & my only hope is that Huber has not correctly described their manner of building.4 Knight Bruce has lent me a grand observatory Hive;5 & I am going to watch; for I cannot bear throwing up all my work.
Mamma with the three little Boys are just starting for Bromley, all as jollyas little dogs.6 Farewell my dear old man.— Aunt Catherine comes here on Saturday.7 Please enquire & tell us in your next letter on what day you go to Cambridge & how many days you will have to be there, so that Catherine may arrange about starting; as she wants to start in beginning of a week.8 She thinks the tour will not last more than month.— She intends sleeping first night at Carlisle: I am glad tour will not be more than month, & I think you will find this enough. Do not forget to look again at Belgiman & make sketch of stripes.—9 I hear there are great sales of Belgian Cart-horses in London & I mean to send Parslow up to look at them.
Farewell | My dear Man | Your affect Father | C. Darwin
Has come to heavy grief about bees’ cells, unless Huber is wrong [François Huber, New observations on the natural history of bees, new ed. (1841)].
Discusses cart-horses and stripes on a Belgiman [Belgian?].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2266,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2266