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To H. W. Bates   30 April [1863]

Summary

After finishing vol. 2 [of Naturalist on the river Amazons], CD still has only praise. Remarks that his family is also enjoying the book. He regrets having finished, since he so enjoyed the descriptions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  30 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4132

To H. W. Bates   20 April [1876]

Summary

Asks for information he needs for the German translation [of Coral reefs], including correct titles of reference books and the name of a voyager.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  20 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5066

To Henry Walter Bates   18 December [1866]

Summary

Asks for a letter on the tameness of deer, written by Commander A. Boutakoff to R. I. Murchison and printed in the Journal [J. R. Geogr. Soc. 23 (1853): 93–101].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  18 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), FF7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5312

To H. W. Bates   30 March [1867]

Summary

Would like tabulation of horned beetles if not too troublesome, but would easily settle for general remarks.

On the subject of other species mocking Heliconidae, asks whether full-coloured ones were mocked. Expresses full belief in HWB’s theory.

Encloses a copy of A. R. Wallace’s letter to the Field requesting observations on which caterpillars birds devour.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  30 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection), FF7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5476

To Henry Walter Bates   11 February [1868]

Summary

Asks about proportions of male to female insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  11 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5858

To H. W. Bates   19 February [1868]

Summary

CD in utter confusion about differences between J. O. Westwood and HWB on division of certain insects. Asks if HWB will homologise certain families for him, telling him which terms would be most generally understood.

Asks also about differences on sound-producing organs of Achetidae Gryllidae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  19 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5895

To H. W. Bates   22 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks HWB for bringing "the question of sexes" before the Entomological Society. Feels he will come to some conclusion by comparison of numerous observations.

It appears Pangenesis "will expire unblessed and uncursed by the world".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  22 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (Autograph file, D)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5914

To H. W. Bates   18 March [1868]

Summary

Requests information on the standard of beauty of savages and on whether the female has any influence in selecting a male.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  18 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6022

To H. W. Bates   15 April [1868]

Summary

CD has questions related to colour differences in the sexes of butterflies, especially in relation to HWB’s paper ["On variation in sexes of Argynnis diana", Proc. Entomol. Soc. Philadelphia 4 (1865): 204–7].

Mentions that his MS on Lepidoptera [for Descent] is longer than he intended and the information is four-fifths owed to HWB.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  15 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6120

To H. W. Bates   22 April [1868]

Summary

Thanks HWB for answering questions.

The MS on Lepidoptera is almost finished and he is glad HWB will read it; he is fearful of mistakes, not being familiar with the subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  22 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6135

To H. W. Bates   21 May [1868]

Summary

Lists specimens he wants from Mr Janson, emphasising that he always wants male and female.

He extends an invitation for a Sunday in early June.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  21 May [1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6195

To H. W. Bates   [22 May 1870]

Summary

Explains why he has declined writing a review for Messrs Appleton.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [22 May 1870]
Classmark:  The British Library (Surrogate RP 8018/1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7765F

To H. W. Bates   16 November [1873]

Summary

Thanks for assistance. He will write fully to Wallace tomorrow.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  16 Nov [1873]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9145

To H. W. Bates   6 February 1874

Summary

Orders five works on the Sandwich Islands from the Royal Geographical Society Library for his investigation of infanticide and population trends there.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  6 Feb 1874
Classmark:  Royal Geographical Society
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9267

To H. W. Bates   6 February [1877]

Summary

Requests return of August Weismann’s letter which refers to eggs.

Curious about the drawing [of the caterpillar? See 10780].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  6 Feb [1877]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10829

To H. W. Bates   26 January 1879

Summary

It will give CD real pleasure to propose HWB for F.R.S. Asks that he send him the necessary information for the certificate as well as a list of men he would like to sign it. He should not be disappointed if not elected first time. [Bates elected F.R.S. 2 June 1881.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  26 Jan 1879
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11848

To H. W. Bates   12 February 1879

Summary

Encloses HWB’s Royal Society certificate with seven signatures, which CD thinks is ample.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  12 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Nate D. Sanders Auctions (dealers) (14 December 2017, lot 74)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11871F

To H. W. Bates   [before 29 December 1880]

Summary

Informs HWB of arrangements for signing the memorial to W. E. Gladstone [for a civil pension for Wallace]. CD has got Duke of Argyll to write to Gladstone in favour of it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [before 29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12951

To H. W. Bates   [29 December 1880]

Summary

Asks HWB to sign the memorial, possibly with official title, and then to pass it quickly to Hooker.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  [29 Dec 1880]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12952

To H. W. Bates   3 January 1881

Summary

Alarm over Wallace’s memorial; asks HWB if he has received it and forwarded it to Hooker. Wanted to get it to Gladstone before Parliament met.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  3 Jan 1881
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12970
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