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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. J. Beal   9 November 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov. 9th 74

Dear Sir,

I am much obliged to you for kindly calling my attention to your paper.1 I will try when in London to see a copy, for I did not take in the A. Naturalist, so long ago.2 It is a curious fact that the Humbles did not use the holes whilst the Hive-bees did so.—3

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin


See letter from W. J. Beal, 22 October 1874, in which Beal mentioned his note ‘The honey-bee gleaning after the oriole’ (Beal 1868).
The earliest issue of American Naturalist in CD’s collection of unbound journals, Darwin Library–CUL, is dated March 1871.


Thanks WJB for his reference [see 9691]. Is curious fact that the humble bees did not use the pollen, but the hive bees did.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William James Beal
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Source of text
Sarah Baker Topper (private collection)
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1p cov

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9713F,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22