Crotch, George Robert, 1842-74 (entomologist and writer)
George Robert Crotch (1842-1874) entomologist and writer, was born at Bishop's Hull, Somerset. Crotch became interested in insects, especially Coleoptera, whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University. He matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1861 (B.A., 1864; M.A., 1867), and became an assistant at the University Library in 1866, and second assistant librarian, 1867-1871. . In 1873 he accepted a position as assistant from Louis Agassiz at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology before emigrating to the United States. Crotch was the author of a number of books, including Checklist of the Coleoptera of America (1873) and A revision of the Coleopterous family Coccinellidae (1874). He died in Philadelphia on 16 June 1874.
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504 folios. The main part of the volume is taken up with 'The Return from Parnassus', an extract from Sir Thomas Hawkins's Origins of English drama, 3, p. 301. The contents also include: (fo. 2) notes on J.E. Tennent, 'Ceylon'; (fo. 441) extracts from A. Ramsay, Tea-table miscellany, Calliope or the musical miscellany and the Saturday magazine; (fo. 446) notes on entomology. Fos 4, 82-440, 454 and many of the versos are blank.
Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Letters from G.R. Crotch to Emily Coulden, 1 November 1872 - 8 June 1874, transcribed by the recipient, c. 1874. There are also copies in Coulden's hand of two letters from Mrs Lesley to Coulden, 8 and 23 June 1874, fos 28 and 29. At fos i-v are Coulden's notice of Crotch, and, at the end, a letter from Edward W. Janson to John Willis Clark, 12 February 1875. There are 20 items in total, comprising 35 folios.