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Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
We were very glad to hear so good an account of your son & of
The next time I send to the Bank at Bromley, I will send the Book & return it
to you when I get it back.— Poor M
I do not believe a word about the wheat story, which has been repeated at intervals for a century; but when carefully tried (as it has been) has always failed. How it arises I know not.
With my wife's very kind remembrances to M
- f1 3872.f1The year is established by the references to Leonard and Horace Darwin (see n. 4, below).
- f2 3872.f2The references are to Innes's wife, Eliza Mary Brodie, and his son, John William Brodie (see letter from J. B. Innes, 16 December ).
- f3 3872.f3Innes, the perpetual curate of Down, removed to Scotland early in 1862, having in 1861 inherited an entailed estate at Milton Brodie, near Forres, Morayshire, from his cousin Eliza Brodie Dunn.
- f4 3872.f4Leonard and Horace Darwin had both been seriously ill in 1862 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)). In June, Leonard was sent home from Clapham Grammar School, South London, suffering from scarlet fever (see letter from Charles Pritchard, 17 June ). During his convalescence he was tutored by George Varenne Reed, and returned to school in January 1863 (see CD's Classed account book (Down House MS)). Horace, having apparently been tutored by Reed in the autumn of 1861, did not return until the autumn of 1862; he did not attend Clapham Grammar School until 1865 (see CD's Classed account book (Down House MS), Correspondence vol. 11, letter from G. V. Reed, 12 January 1863, and Notes on Horace Darwin, p. 3 (Cambridge University Library, Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Archives, Box 3)).
- f5 3872.f5See letter from J. B. Innes, 16 December  and n. 3.
- f6 3872.f6Charlotte Ring.
- f7 3872.f7CD was treasurer of the Down Coal and Clothing Club, a charity designed `to encourage saving Habits in the Poor' by adding subscriptions from the gentry to the money contributed by the members (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to G. H. Turnbull, 28 October , and Correspondence vol. 7, letter from John Innes, 9 January [1858--9], n. 2). Innes had previously been treasurer of the club and retained a close interest in its affairs (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to John Innes, [8 May 1848], and J. R. Moore 1985, pp. 468--9). CD was also treasurer for thirty years of the Down Friendly Club, which he helped to found in 1852 (Freeman 1978).
- f8 3872.f8Robert Ainslie, who resided at Tromer Lodge, Down, from 1845 until 1858, had angered CD by his illegal altering of the road outside his house, by his refusal to pay his Church rates, and by his mistreatment of his horses (see Correspondence vols. 3 and 7, and letter to [Local landowner], , Calendar no. 4963). Innes had considered purchasing Tromer Lodge from Ainslie in 1860 (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to John Innes, 18 July ). It was, however, purchased in the summer of 1862 by Robert Haswell, who in 1863 attracted local notoriety when convicted of smoking in a first-class railway carriage (see letter from J. B Innes to T. S. Stephens, [before 5 May 1862], the letter from Henrietta Emma to William Erasmus Darwin, dated [22 February 1863], in DAR 210.6: 109, and The Times, 20 February 1863, p. 11).
- f9 3872.f9See letter from J. B. Innes, 16 December  and n. 11, and Weissenborn 1837. CD wrote in the margin of his copy of the volume of the Magazine of Natural History containing this paper (Darwin Library--CUL): `Try single grains in pots placed in triangle'. See also his Questions & Experiments notebook (DAR 206: 15 v.; Notebooks, p. 506). Weissenborn's report was cited approvingly by Robert Chambers in his controversial evolutionary work, Vestiges of the natural history of creation (see [Chambers] 1844, pp. 220--2 and [Chambers] 1845, pp. 111--12).