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Letter 3785

Gray, Asa to Darwin, C. R.

27 Oct 1862

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    Sends Nesaea seeds for CD

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    and stamps for Leonard Darwin.


Cambridge. [Massachusetts]

27 Oct. 1862.

My Dear Darwin

This heavy mail for you is merely for the purpose of carrying a 30 cents stamp for Leonard, so you must distribute the contents to oblige him. Do not prepay the continental letters, unless required, as I think is not the case.

Enclosed is a cent stamp, the like of which is new to me, & perhaps to the young gentleman. Tell him, also, that I have to-day bought stamps on envelopes, of 12, 20 & 24 cts. which I shall make do duty—like the present 30 ct in carrying my letters, and then they will go into his collection.— These make up all his desiderata, except the 90cts—which I never saw, but I will invest in this, whenever I have something heavy to send.

I enclose seeds of Nesæa—near Lythrum, likely to be in the dimorphous or trimorphous way.

I wait for Capt. Anderson, of Cunard Steamer, that I may send you 3 Cypripedia & Mitchella.

A second notice of your Orchid book, in Sill. Jour. is mostly made up of obs. on our Ophrydeæ, and Cypripedium. I hope to send you the sheets soon.

No scientific news— no letter of yours to answer. I am bound to write to you, to utilize the three envelopes before me.—

Presidents Emancipation proclamation is working well on the whole. Our Courage does not fail, and I think will not.

Ever Yours cordially | Asa Gray

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    f1 3785.f1
    The enclosures have not been identified. Leonard Darwin had written at Gray's suggestion to tell him which American postage stamps he wanted for his collection (see letter from Asa Gray, 22 September 1862 and n. 3).
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    CD had requested seeds of Nesaea verticillata in his letter to Gray of 9 August [1862].
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    James Anderson was captain of the Cunard line's trans-Atlantic steamer Africa (Men of the time). See also letter from Asa Gray, 5 September 1862 and nn. 4 and 5.
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    Gray refers to the follow-up article to his review of Orchids (A. Gray 1862b), which was published in the American Journal of Science and Arts (commonly known as `Silliman's journal' after its founder, Benjamin Silliman). See also letter from Asa Gray, 4 and 13 October 1862 and n. 4.
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    On 22 September 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary emancipation proclamation, serving notice that from 1 January 1863 all slaves in those states still in rebellion would be freed (McPherson 1988, p. 557).
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    See letter to Asa Gray, 23 November [1862].
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