Inquires which nurserymen near Edinburgh cultivate coloured primroses and cowslips. Wants to repeat John Scott's remarkable experiments.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Will you have the kindness to grant me a little favour, namely to tell me what nurseryman near Edinburgh, I had better apply to for coloured Primroses & Cowslips. I have heard that they are a good deal cultivated there & I cannot hear of them near London.— I wish to try again some of John Scotts remarkable experiments, which he tried on the coloured Primroses in your Bot. Garden.—
John Scott has sailed for India; he came here to see me, & expressed himself warmly on your kindness to him.—
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4613.f1The year is established by the reference to John Scott's sailing for India and his visit to Down (see n. 3, below).
- f2 4613.f2CD refers to Scott's experiments on the Primulaceae at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, where he worked as foreman of the propagating department; Scott published the results of these experiments in Scott 1864a. On CD's interest in the experiments on coloured primroses and cowslips, see the letter to Asa Gray, 13 September  and nn. 11, 13, and 14, and letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 September .
- f3 4613.f3Scott probably visited CD at Down on 18 August before sailing for India on 26 August 1864 (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864], and letters to J. D. Hooker, [16 August 1864] and n. 2, and [23 August 1864]).