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To Frederick William Hope   1 November 1833


Tierra del Fuego and the barren coasts of Patagonia are "singularly unfavourable to the insect world". In the tropics, however, CD captured minute Coleoptera by the hundreds – which should result in his bringing home many undescribed species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick William Hope
Date:  1 Nov 1833
Classmark:  Hope Entomological Collections, University Museum, Oxford
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-227

To Frederick William Hope   [21 June 1837]


Discusses insect specimens he left with FWH. Asks if he may state on FWH’s authority that a third or a half of the specimens from Sydney and Hobart Town are undescribed – a striking fact, showing imperfect knowledge of the insects in the close neighbourhood of the two Australian capitals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederick William Hope
Date:  [21 June 1837]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum (Hope Entomological collections)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-362

From F. W. Hope   15 January 1834


Acknowledges CD’s letter about alpine entomology of Tierra del Fuego; discusses geographical distribution; urges CD to make a chart of vegetable and geological distribution of insects. Advises him on species to collect and assures him of all assistance in describing his captures on his return.

Tells of founding of Entomological Society, and enrolls CD.

News of J. F. Stephens’ lawsuit and continuation of his Illustrations of British entomology [1827–46]. Praises general state of zoological science in England.

Author:  Frederick William Hope
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1834
Classmark:  DAR 204: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-235
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