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Letter 1777

Darwin, C. R. to Crowe, J. R.

9 Nov 1855

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    Thanks him for seeds used in immersion experiment.

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    Sends thanks to M. N. Blytt and says to tell him species names.

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    Mentions meeting Edward Sabine.

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Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 9th 1855

Dear Sir

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 Dr Hookers absence there has been a delay in getting them correctly named. Will you be so kind as to give my very sincere thanks to Professor Blytt & tell him that the large seed is the Entada scandens, (or Acacia scandens as so called by Linnæus who specifies that this seed is cast up); it is a common West & East India seed.—

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 shd be grateful for it, but will not trouble you to send anymore of those already received.

Pray accept my very sincere & cordial thanks & believe me dear Sir | With much respect | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin

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    f1 1777.f1
    See letter from J. R. Crowe, 27 September 1855.
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    f2 1777.f2
    See letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 October [1855], n. 3.
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    f3 1777.f3
    See letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 November [1855], n. 5.
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    f4 1777.f4
    Edward 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).
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