Writes at Lindley's suggestion to ask whether DN can send several orchid specimens. Describes his work in preparation for Orchids.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Mormodes & Cycnoches are especial desiderata, though they would be most difficult to send, as the pollen-masses move or explode when the end of the column is touched. I, also, want much Bonatea, Masdevallia & any Bolbophyllum with its lower lip or Labellum irritable. Indeed any genus with any remarkable peculiarity would be most gratefully received.—
I have much reason to apologise for thus intruding on your Ladyship; & I am far from expecting that your Ladyship will reply to this note, if you cannot assist me.— I will only add that for a parcel too large for the post, my quickest address is ``C. Darwin care of the Down Postman Bromley Kent''. I find that orchids travel safest in tin boxes or cannisters with a little damp paper.—
With many apologies, I have the honour to remain | Your Ladyships | Obedient servant | Charles Darwin
- f1 3316.f1The year is given by the reference to CD's preparing the manuscript for Orchids, which was published in May 1862.
- f2 3316.f2See letter to John Lindley, 25 October . Dorothy Fanny Nevill had a notable garden at Dangstein near Midhurst, Sussex. She specialised in the cultivation of orchids, nepenthes, and other tropical plants (R. Desmond 1977).
- f3 3316.f3See letter to D. F. Nevill, 19 November .