Sends a list of 22 plants that grow at Hitcham and in the Azores and are, according to H. C. Watson, least likely to have been imported [by man]. Will pay the little girls of Hitcham liberally to collect the seeds for his experiments.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Henslow.
With mistakes & alterations, the Hitcham list is so
blotched, that I have copied out the 22 plants, which grow at Hitcham &
are found at Azores; & are, according to a list of 77 received
yesterday, from Mr H. C. Watson, the least likely to have been
imported with agricultural seeds.— If you will
employ your little girls to collect these, I
I think I shd prefer waiting till you have a good many of the 22 kinds together.
I hope that you think the experiment sufficiently curious to repay you in some slight degree for part of trouble you have so kindly taken. I hope that the little girls, with payment in view, will enjoy the job.—
Most truly yours | C. Darwin
Strawberry Fragaria vesca
Cinque-foil, creeping Potentilla reptans
Cinquefoil strawberry-leaved P. tormentilla
Willow-herb—small-flowered. Epilob. parviflorum
Ivy Hedera helix
Marsh-wort procumbent. Helosciadium nodiflorum
Bedstraw, white water Galium palustre
Centaury common Erythræa centauria
Hooded-Bindweed, great. Convolvulus sepium
Primrose Primula veris
Figwort water Scrophularia aquatica
Speedwell thyme-leaved. Veronica serpyllifolia
—— water —— anagallis
—— common —— officinalis
Thrincia hairy — Thrincia hirta
Spurge-laurel, common Daphne laureola
Club Rush, lake Scirpus lacustris
Carex— any 2 species.
- f1 1718.f1Henslow 1855a, sent to CD by Henslow (see letter to J. S. Henslow, 27 June ).
- f2 1718.f2See letter from H. C. Watson, 11 July .