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Darwin Correspondence Project

From H. W. Bates   24 October 1863

22. Harmood St. Haverstock Hill. N.W.

24 Oct 1863

My dear Mr Darwin

I just send you a line to say that I posted the tract containing Asa Gray’s criticisms immediately after receiving your note.1

The sad news conveyed in your letter has caused great sorrow to myself & those of our friends to whom I have communicated it. Of course much correspondence is out of the question until you are better   therefore several small matters I wished to mention must remain for another time

Yours sincerely | H W Bates


The letter to Bates has not been found. Asa Gray reviewed Bates 1861 and ‘Two forms in species of Linum in the September issue of the American Journal of Science and Arts (A. Gray 1863a and 1863c). CD had sent Bates copies of the reviews. See the letter from Asa Gray, 1 September 1863, and the letter from H. W. Bates, 29 September 1863.


Bates, Henry Walter. 1861. Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley. Lepidoptera: Heliconidæ. [Read 21 November 1861.] Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 23 (1860–2): 495–566.

‘Two forms in species of Linum’: On the existence of two forms, and on their reciprocal sexual relation, in several species of the genus Linum. By Charles Darwin. [Read 5 February 1863.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 7 (1864): 69–83. [Collected papers 2: 93–105.]


Returns Gray’s review [of paper on mimetic analogy, Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 36 (1863): 285–90]

and expresses his sorrow over CD’s health.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Walter Bates
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Haverstock Hill
Source of text
DAR 160: 78
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4323,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11