Thanks him for seeds used in immersion experiment.
Sends thanks to M. N. Blytt and says to tell him species names.
Mentions meeting Edward Sabine.
Down Bromley Kent
The seeds came safe to hand & I thank you most sincerely for having taken so much trouble to procure them. I received them some time since, & had them planted in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, but have not heard whether they have germinated.
I found that they floated during the ten days, which I tried them, as was indeed
probable, though so opposed to what ordinarily happens with seeds.— Owing to D
The smaller seed in the Mucuna urens, (also a Leguminous plant) common in the West Indies, & called there very appropriately “Asses or Bullocks eyes”.—
I saw Colonel Sabine lately & gave him your message, & begged to be kindly remembered to you: he is actively engaged in scientific researches.
Should you obtain any other kind of seed, I
Pray accept my very sincere & cordial thanks & believe me dear Sir | With much respect | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 1777.f1See letter from J. R. Crowe, 27 September 1855.
- f2 1777.f2See letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 October , n. 3.
- f3 1777.f3See letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 November , n. 5.
- f4 1777.f4Edward Sabine, treasurer of the Royal Society and general secretary of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, was carrying out research on terrestrial magnetism (DNB).