Botanical queries for Journal of researches, which is about to go to press.
My dear Henslow
I am going to plague you about the thistles. I verily believe no rider in the Pampas was ever more tormented by the living plants, that you have been by the dead ones.— I send my MSS to the press the day after tomorrow, but not the part with the thistles, which will go a few days afterwards— My question is this as D'Orbigny says that both the Cynara cardunculus and artichoke are wild, I had better, I should think merely speak of the genus Cynara.— D'Orbigny says the third kind of thistles is allied Eryngium bromelifolium: now can you tell me,—would this plant resemble an overgrown sow thistle,—prickly green leaves, veined with white.—
I am very glad the election went off well. I am afraid amidst all the turmoil, you would have hardly been able to have looked at my plants.—
Pray write soon & tell me whether you can answer me any of the questions, so that I may know.— I should want first, the two or three about America.
I do not think I added to the list whether it was from Port Desire that the radishes turnips & carrots came.— You will see I have been impertinent enoug to pay the postage.— But otherwise I could not with a good conscience have made any man pay eight pence for telling me whether an Eryngium would by common mortals be called a giant sow thistle.—
In less than a fortnight I hope to send you my first proof sheet, for you to skim your
eye over.— M
Pray tell me whether you expect to be living tranquilly at Hitcham during the next month.—
My dear Henslow | Ever yours | C. Darwin
- f1 368.f1Orbigny 1835–47, 1: 471. This is the ‘cardoon’ mentioned in the letter to J. S. Henslow, 28 March .
- f2 368.f2In the 1837 General Election (27 July 1837) the Borough of Cambridge re-elected two liberal candidates, Thomas Spring Rice and George Pryme (McCalmont 1971). Henslow was an active campaigner for both.