Eighty-two plants have germinated from earth on wounded partridge's foot.
Down, Bromley | Kent
My dear Sir
Since receiving your letter of Oct. 21
I am, dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 4440.f1See Correspondence vol. 11, letter from Alfred Newton, 31 October 1863; CD was mistaken about the date of Newton's letter.
- f2 4440.f2See letter to J. D. Hooker, 26[--7] March  and n. 25.
- f3 4440.f3These comments are evidently extracted from CD's annotations attached to a portion of Newton 1863 that Newton had sent with his letter of 31 October 1863; this portion is in DAR 205.9: 366. CD's observations read: `Earth broken open; no concentric arrangement— Whole tarsus crooked enormously enlarged & one toe cut off— probably viscous secretion. Three Oats were extracted from larger fragments Leg clay weighed about
of oz.— Seeds planted Nov. 13 1 3 th/63/'. In his letter of 31 October 1863 (Correspondence vol. 11), Newton wrote that when he exhibited the foot to the Zoological Society of London on 21 April 1863, John Edward Gray, who was keeper of the zoological collections at the British Museum, argued that the ball of earth had not accumulated gradually; for Newton's argument to the contrary, see Newton 1863, pp. 128--9.
- f4 4440.f4CD included this information in the fourth edition of Origin, p. 432, adding that the monocotyledons included the common oat (see n. 3, above), and at least one other kind of grass, and that the dicotyledons included at least three distinct species. These results supplemented his study of the geographical dispersal of seeds in the 1850s (see Correspondence vols. 5 and 6); he discussed this subject in Origin, pp. 356--65 (see also Origin 4th ed., pp. 425--35).
- f5 4440.f5See letter from Alfred Newton, 2 April 1864.