Will take Natural History Review, but cannot write for it.
Has mass of notes on irritability in orchids,
but he ought to work on Variation.
Drosera was an interlude while away from home. Expectations for effect of carbonate of ammonia on Dionaea. The important phenomenon in Drosera is the segregation of the red fluid within the leaf, not action of carbonate of ammonia on the red fluid.
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Sir
We return to ``Down Bromley Kent'' on 26
I have heard from Huxley about the Nat. Hist. Review & it has my good wishes & I shall certainly take it in.— I really know nothing whatever about vegetable irritability (it is quite beyond my scope) except in case of Orchids; I have a large mass of notes with many new facts, but I resolutely, against my inclination, put them away a month ago with the determination to work them up & get drawings made at some distant period; for I am convinced that I ought to work on Variation & not amuse myself with interludes.— Drosera was an accident owing to my being from home & having nothing to do.— My paper on Drosera, from containing minute particulars of numerous experiments, would not, I think, be fitted for the Review; & if I do not deceive myself some of the results are sufficiently curious to be published in some old standing Transactions. Where I shall send them I know not yet; as I cannot judge of evidence till all my experiments are tabulated & that will be a long job.— I may add that I told Huxley some months ago that I really could not assist by writing; I may add that my health is so weak that I cannot work above 3 hour a day; & I am at all times a most slow worker.—
I am so much obliged to you for going to try C. of Ammonia on
Dionæa. I sh
My dear Sir | With many thanks | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 2956.f1The Darwins in fact did not return home until 10 November 1860 (`Journal'; Appendix II). See letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 [October 1860].
- f2 2956.f2Thomas Henry Huxley and John Lubbock were planning to take over the editing, in conjunction with several other naturalists, of the Natural History Review, a scientific quarterly until then published by naturalists in Dublin. Oliver was also one of the new editors. See letters to T. H. Huxley, 20 July , and to John Lubbock, 20 July .
- f3 2956.f3Orchids was published in 1862.
- f4 2956.f4CD eventually published his work on Drosera and other insectivorous plants in Insectivorous plants, which appeared in 1875.
- f5 2956.f5See letter to Daniel Oliver, 14 October .