Reports on breeding experiments with various seeds: corn, aubergine, kidney beans, sugar-peas. Speculates that cause of changes in seed colour in sugar-peas may be mere variation rather than result of impregnation.
My dear Sir/
All that I did about the seeds was done at the suggestion of D
I am so busy this year with my Introduction to Crypt. Bot that I have no time for gardening.
Do you know the Rawsons at Bromley? M
I am very truly yours M J Berkeley.—
I should be glad of two or three of the Black Peas
King's Cliff | March 7. 1856.
Two or three red peas sowed by themselves produced mottled peas.
- f1 1836.f1Berkeley refers to his experiments on the immersion of seeds in sea-water. See letter to M. J. Berkeley, 29 February .
- f2 1836.f2Lindley 1846. In his paper, CD stated: ‘I have arranged the families in accordance with Lindley's “Vegetable Kingdom.” ’ (Collected papers 1: 268).
- f3 1836.f3See letter to M. J. Berkeley, 29 February  and n. 7.
- f4 1836.f4Gärtner 1849.
- f5 1836.f5Berkeley 1857.
- f6 1836.f6Arthur and Charlotte Elizabeth Rawson are not listed in CD's Address book (Down House MS).
- f7 1836.f7The number of one of CD's portfolios of notes.
- f8 1836.f8See Correspondence vol. 5, letter to J. S. Henslow, 7 July .