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To W. B. Tegetmeier   2 October [1858]

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Ask some questions on pigeons.

Remarks on the discussion of bees’ cells at the Leeds BAAS meeting. CD fancies he has the true theory with regard to their construction.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  2 Oct [1858]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2332

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  • William Whewell had read Robert Leslie Ellis’s paper ( Ellis 1858 ) at the meeting. Ellis held that the positioning of bees’ eyes allowed bees to build cell walls that were inclined at 120 o angles (see Athenæum , 16 October 1858, p.  492). The meeting was reported in The Times , 28 September 1858, p.  10. In the notice, Tegetmeier’s paper was erroneously ascribed to Henry Tibbats Stainton , not to Whewell. The Athenæum , 16 October 1858, p.  492, also carried an account (see letter
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