Is certain he never had Morren's paper from JOW or heard of it before JOW's note; will write to Gardeners' Chronicle about it [see 3252].
Thanks for the two Sphinx moths; unfortunately the pollen-masses do not belong to orchids but to Asclepias.
Asks whether R. B. Todd's Cyclopedia of Anatomy and Physiology [1835–59] has an article on fertilisation of orchids.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you cordially for all the great trouble, which you have so kindly taken for me.— Positively I have never seen your paper by Morren, or heard of its existence, except in your previous note.— I will write to Gardeners' Chron. & see whether Lindley knows.—
I do not possess Todds Cyclop. of Phy. &c: is there an article on the fertilisation of Orchids?
I received last night the two Sphexes, & I thank you much for so kindly sending them; but unfortunately the pollen-masses do not belong to Orchids (I have removed only one) but to Asclepias, which abounds in N. America, & requires, equally with Orchids, insect-aid.—
I am really sorry to trouble you, but how can I return the insects if not by Post?
Shall I leave them at the British Museum in D
With many thanks | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 3243.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter from J. O. Westwood, 26 September 1861.
- f2 3243.f2See letter to J. O. Westwood, 15 August .
- f3 3243.f3See the first letter to the Gardeners' Chronicle, [before 14 September 1861]. The botanist John Lindley was the editor of the Gardeners' Chronicle.
- f4 3243.f4Robert Bentley Todd edited The cyclopedia of anatomy and physiology (1835--59).
- f5 3243.f5CD had asked Westwood to send him specimens of insects with orchid pollen-masses attached to their probosces (see letter to J. O. Westwood, 15 August ). Sphex is a genus of solitary wasp.
- f6 3243.f6John Edward Gray was keeper of the zoological collection of the British Museum.