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Letter 10523

Darwin, C. R. to Treat, Mary

1 June 1876

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    Thanks MT for her article ["Is the valve of Utricularia sensitive?", Harper's New Mon. Mag. 52 (1875): 382–7]. Does not understand why he failed to detect movement [in Utricularia], but it appears from her observations that the valve is sensitive.

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Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

June 1st 76

My dear Madam

I have received your kind letter & the article which I have read with the greatest interest. It certainly appears from your excellent observations that the valve was sensitive, & I hope it may be so from homologising with Pinguicula; but I cannot understand why I could never with all my pains excite any movement. It is pretty clear I am quite wrong about the head acting like a wedge.— The indraught of the living larvæ is astonishing.— I do not at all understand the German account of the development of the utricles & I suspect that these Germans did not look to young enough utricles.

I am not well & am staying away from my home for rest, so pray excuse brevity. Wishing you success of every kind in your admirable work

I remain | Dear Madam | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

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    This letter is not yet published in the edition of The correspondence of Charles Darwin; it is due to appear in volume 24. The text is being made available here ahead of print publication as part of the `Darwin and Gender' project funded by The Bonita Trust.
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