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To Henry Tibbats Stainton   20 October [1855]1

Down Bromley Kent

Oct. 20th

Dear Sir

As I do not now collect or work on any order of Insects, it would, I fear, be quite useless inserting my name.2

The slip, however, is quite correct.—

With much respect, I remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Dated on the basis that Stainton wrote to CD before publication of the third volume of the Entomologist’s Annual (1856), of which Stainton was the editor (see n. 2, below). The preface to the volume was dated 7 December 1855.
Stainton was preparing the third volume of the Entomologist’s Annual (1856), in which he intended to include a list of British entomologists with addresses. CD’s name was not included in the list (Entomologist’s Annual 3 (1856): 14–25).


Would be useless to insert CD’s name [on masthead of Entomologists’ Annual] since he does not work on insects.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Tibbats Stainton
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Source of text
Natural History Museum (General Special Collections MSS DAR 15)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1767,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5