Thanks W. H. Fitch for drawing for the Primula paper. Death of experimental plants delays publication.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Very many thanks for your two notes.—
The best address will be
Ch. Darwin Esq
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Nevertheless if your P. farinosa sends forth long-stamened &
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Thanks for references about nectaries. Kurr's work you told me of before & I bought & have read it.— You will now be very busy with your Lecture
with many thanks | Yours truly | Ch. Darwin
- f1 3133.f1Dated by the reference to CD's experiments on Dionaea, begun in the summer of 1860 (see nn. 3 and 6, below), and by the Darwins' planned seaside visit (see n. 4, below).
- f2 3133.f2Oliver's `notes' have not been found.
- f3 3133.f3CD had asked Oliver to procure these plants for him (see letter to Daniel Oliver, 26 February ).
- f4 3133.f4The Darwins were planning a visit to the seaside in the hope that it would improve Henrietta Emma Darwin's health. CD had been concerned about Henrietta's ill health since the spring of 1860. See Correspondence vol. 8; see also letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 [February 1861]. The visit had to be postponed until 1 July, when the family travelled to Torquay, Devon. See `Journal' (Appendix II).
- f5 3133.f5Charles William Crocker was the foreman of the propagating department at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. CD had solicited Crocker's assistance in obtaining some young Dionaea plants (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Daniel Oliver, 16 November ).
- f6 3133.f6CD had asked Walter Hood Fitch to prepare drawings of Primula to illustrate the paper he was preparing on dimorphism in this genus (see letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 March ).
- f7 3133.f7CD read a paper on the dimorphic condition of Primula at a meeting of the Linnean Society of London in November 1861. Although P. farinosa is not mentioned in the paper, it is included in the revised and augmented version subsequently published in Forms of flowers (1877).
- f8 3133.f8Kurr 1833. See letter to Daniel Oliver, 22 January . An annotated copy of this work is in the Darwin Library--CUL.
- f9 3133.f9Oliver had been appointed professor of botany at University College London in November 1860. According to an advertisement in the Athenæum, 27 April 1861, p. 545, Oliver's course of lectures on botany ran from 1 May to the end of July 1861.