Asks to borrow several Floras. Must redo calculations as John Lubbock has shown him an important error.
Down Bromley Kent
The enclosed specimens do not concern me, but perhaps you would like
to see them: they are seedling Lathyrus nissolia. In the 3 or 4 I have
looked at lower scale-leaf is
As these seedlings are about 12 days old, the cotyledons seem never to come out, which if true, tells me, what I did not know how subordinately their function is that of a leaf.
Many thanks for your last note & answer to my query.
(N.B I once saw a laburnum tree with terminal flower in each raceme regular or peloric)
I quite agree with what you say on my nut case: the utmost I try to show is that the means of distribution are very imperfectly known, & therefore that anyone must be cautious in arguing for double Creations of insular plants (& in extending continents!).—
I write now to supplicate most earnestly a favour, viz the loan of Boreau Flore du
Centre de la France either 1st or
I have been making some calculations about varieties &c. & talking yesterday with Lubbock, he has pointed out to me the grossest blunder which I have made in principle, & which entails 2 or 3 weeks lost work; & I am at a dead lock till I have these Books to go over again, & see what the result of calculation on right principle is.— I am the most miserable, bemuddled, stupid Dog in all England, & am ready to cry at vexation at my blindness & presumption.
Ever yours | Most Miserably | C. Darwin
- f1 2124.f1The year is established by the reference to John Lubbock (see letter to John Lubbock, 14 [July 1857]).
- f2 2124.f2See letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 July .
- f3 2124.f3The letter has not been located. For CD's query, see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 July .
- f4 2124.f4CD had mentioned this case of pelorism to Hooker in 1847 (Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. D. Hooker, [12 June 1847]).
- f5 2124.f5See letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 July .
- f6 2124.f6Boreau 1840.
- f7 2124.f7Fürnrohr 1839.
- f8 2124.f8Richard Kippist was the librarian of the Linnean Society. During 1857, the society moved its premises into Burlington House, Piccadilly (Gage 1938).
- f9 2124.f9See letter to John Lubbock, 14 [July 1857].