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Letter 4613

Darwin, C. R. to Balfour, J. H.

15 Sept [1864]

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    Inquires which nurserymen near Edinburgh cultivate coloured primroses and cowslips. Wants to repeat John Scott's remarkable experiments.


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

Sept 15th

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

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    f1 4613.f1
    The year is established by the reference to John Scott's sailing for India and his visit to Down (see n. 3, below).
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    CD 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 [1864] and nn. 11, 13, and 14, and letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 September [1864].
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    Scott 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]).
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