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Letter 4260A

Darwin, C. R. to Becker, L. E.

2 Aug [1863]

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    Thanks LEB for the Lychnis seed [see 4258], which he will plant in the hope of fertilising the little ovaria.

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    Comments on the two forms of Linum.

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Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Augt. 2d.

Dear Madam.

I am very much obliged for the Lychnis seed, which shall be sown immediately; & I will try, as you have done, next year to fertilise the little ovaria.—

It is odd about the Linum; I have never failed to find the two forms, though they certainly resemble each other closely.—

In Haste, | Dear Madam | Your sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 4260a.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from L. E. Becker, 31 July [1863].
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    f2 4260a.f2
    Becker enclosed a hermaphrodite plant of the usually dioecious Lychnis diurna (L. dioica), bearing a seed capsule, with her letter of 31 July [1863].
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    f3 4260a.f3
    Becker reported having a pot of scarlet Linum, all the seedlings of which had the long-styled flower form (see letter from L. E. Becker, 31 July [1863]).
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