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From Allen Stoneham   11 January 1877


Has read CD’s note on the scarcity of holly berries ["Holly berries" (1877), Collected papers 2: 189–90] resulting from the scarcity of bees. Believes the shortage of bees resulted from the wet year 1875, which led to a very poor honey harvest.

Author:  Allen Stoneham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10778

From G. M. Tracy   11 January 1877


Observations on and explanations of the scarcity of fruit and berries (especially holly berries) evident that year.

Author:  George Murton Tracy
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10779

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1877


Encloses extract [missing] on a caterpillar.

Mentions William Buckler’s magnificent drawings of caterpillars [The larvae of the British butterflies and moths, Ray Soc. (1886–91)], but doubts Buckler will lend them for any Darwinian purpose. John Hellins has a portion of drawings and is more liberal.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10780

To G. M. Tracy   [after 11 January 1877]


GMT’s observations [on scarcity of holly berries] throw doubt on CD’s conclusions [see Collected papers 2: 189–90].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Murton Tracy
Date:  [after 11 Jan 1877]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 174r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10781
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