Glad CD is sending his Primula paper to Linnean Society.
Sends promised Linum seeds.
Edinburgh | Botanic Gardens
I have just received your note. I also beg to acknowledge
receipt of M
Anyhow, I will be glad now to hear of your sending it off to the Secretary; and I will do my best to improve it when I receive proofs.
Pray excuse me, and accept my best thanks for all the trouble I am giving you.
I have been so busy for sometime past that I have never had time to communicate results of experiments on Passifloras &c. &c. but as I intend going home in or about the beginning of March, I shall then if not before devote myself to them and give you the results.
I previously noticed the nearly perfect fertility of the long-styled Linum mongynum you then expressed a wish for seed. A plant which I got in the summer has produced a single capsule. I enclose the seeds— No. 1.—results of a long-styled homomorphic union. Packet No. 2. is queried but I think I got the seeds sent me as from a long-styled L. mongynum.
And now with kindest wishes for a continued improvement of your health | I remain | Sir | Yours respectfully & obliged | J. Scott
- f1 4385.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter to John Scott, 8 January , and the letter from Emma Darwin to John Scott, 9 January 1864. The first Wednesday following 9 January 1864 was 13 January.
- f2 4385.f2Scott presumably refers to the letter to John Scott, 8 January .
- f3 4385.f3See letter from Emma Darwin to John Scott, 9 January 1864.
- f4 4385.f4CD had read an earlier draft of Scott 1864a the previous year (see letter from John Scott, 7 January  and n. 3).
- f5 4385.f5See letter from John Scott, 7 January  and nn. 6, 7, 9, and 11.
- f6 4385.f6See letter from Emma Darwin to John Scott, 9 January 1864 and n. 3.
- f7 4385.f7CD first encouraged Scott to experiment with Passiflora in 1862 because it was thought that some species were more easily pollinated by a different species than by their own pollen (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to John Scott, 11 December , and Origin, pp. 250--1). Scott and CD continued discussing Passiflora in 1863, and Scott began experiments after 21 May (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 11, letter to John Scott, 6 March 1863, and letter from John Scott, 21 May ). Scott published his findings in Scott 1864d.
- f8 4385.f8By March, Scott had resigned his position at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and was staying with friends at Denholm, Scotland, his birthplace (see letter from John Scott, 10 March 1864). He sent CD his paper describing his Passiflora experiments (Scott 1864d) on 9 June 1864 (see letter from John Scott, 10 June ).
- f9 4385.f9See Correspondence vol. 11, letters from John Scott, [26 July -- 2 August 1863] and 21 September , and letter to John Scott, 1 and 3 August .