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Letter 12269

Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa

24 Oct 1879

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    Requests seeds of Ipomoea and Megarrhiza for observations on seedling growth.

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    Is rereading MS of Movement in plants.

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

Oct 24th/79

My dear Gray

I have procured & been reading your new Edit. of your Text-Book of Botany, (which has been greatly developed since old times) & I find at p. 21, 22, a curious account of some seedlings. For the bare possibility of your being able to send me a few seeds of the 2 kinds which I want most, I have written their names down on the next page.— I have procured Delphinium nudicaule from a nurseryman. I have attended somewhat to the manner in which seedlings break through the ground, & it is for this object that I want these seeds.

I have written a rather big book,—more is the pity—on the movements of plants, & I am now just beginning to go over the M.S. for the second time, which is a horrid bore.

I hope that Mrs & you are both quite well.—

Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

De Vries has been working at the tendrils of Cucurbitaceæ sent by you.—

seeds wanted Ipomœa leptophylla Megarrhiza californica

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