Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.
Germination of seeds in earth on partridge's foot.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you sincerely for the potatoes, which arrived safely & are planted; they may come in very useful in crossing, as our cultivated potatoes present some odd peculiarities in their reproduction.—
I shall be exceedingly glad of the foot of the Partridge, if you can get it for me: I will weigh the earth & then see, with due precautions, whether it contains any seeds capable of germination: I presume the foot will turn out to be a wounded one. I suppose you feel sure it is not a stupid hoax.—
With my sincere thanks for your kindness— | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4435.f1The year is provided by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863.
- f2 4435.f2See letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863. See also letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 [March 1863], n. 9. Newton annotated this letter: `Wild Potatoes given me by Mr. Colchester who brought them from the W. coast of S. America & was my fellow passenger from S
t. Thos. to England in Jan y./63.'
- f3 4435.f3See letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863 and nn. 4 and 5.