Thanks for memoir of her father [G. Jäger, Zum Andenken an Dr. C. F. von Gärtner (1851)] and engravings.
Declines gift of CFvG's collection of hybrid plants. Suggests Kew Herbarium.
Down Bromley Kent [Hartfield]
I have received & am grateful for your extremely kind letter. After an absence from home of a fortnight I found on my return the memoir of your honoured Father (which I have not had time to read yet, as I was obliged to leave home again immediately on account of the illness of one of my children) & the two Engravings.— I value much that of your Father & the expression of countenance is most intellectual & delightful.—
You generously offer me a collection of your Father's specimens of Hybrid plants. The
offer is a most valuable one; but I do not collect plants, & I am not likely to
have time to experimentise much myself, on Hybrid plants.— If on
reflexion you should still think that a collection of these plants would be well
bestowed on England, I would suggest your giving them to the Herbarium at the Royal
Gardens at Kew near London. The Collection is under the care
of Sir William Hooker & of D
Should you think of this, I would advise you to consult some German Botanists, & see whether my account of Kew is not correct.
Pray believe me dear Madam, with much respect & gratitude | Yours very truly obliged | Charles Darwin
- f1 2866.f1See letter to Emma G¨artner, 9 June . The presentation copy of the memoir of Karl Friedrich von G¨artner (J¨ager 1851), inscribed by Emma G¨artner, is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f2 2866.f2G¨artner's herbarium was not presented to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.