CD's paper on "Climbing plants" [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1867): 1–118] has made nature come alive for CK.
Eversley Rectory, | Winchfield.
My dear Sir
I have been reading with delight & instruction your paper on Climbing plants.
Your explanation of an old puzzle of mine—Lath. Nissolia—is a masterpiece. Nothing can be more conclusive. That of the filament at the petiole-end of the Bean is equally satisfactory.
Ah that I could begin to study Nature anew, now that you have made it to me a live thing; not a dead collection of names
But my work lies elsewhere now. Such work nevertheless helps
mine at every turn. It is better that the division of labour
Yours ever faithfully | C Kingsley.
- f1 4861.f1`Climbing plants' was published on 12 June 1865 in a double issue of the Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany). No presentation list for this paper has been found.
- f2 4861.f2CD's explanation of Lathyrus nissolia as a case of reversion (it has grass-like leaves instead of tendrils like other species of Lathyrus) is in `Climbing plants', pp. 114--15; see also Correspondence vol. 12, letter to J. D. Hooker, [27 January 1864] and n. 23, and this volume, letter from J. D. Hooker, 3 February 1865 and n. 12.
- f3 4861.f3CD's discussion of the suppression of tendrils in the common bean is in `Climbing plants', p. 114.
- f4 4861.f4Kingsley was a keen amateur natural historian who had lectured and written on the subject (see, for example, C. Kingsley 1855 and 1890). He had first written to CD praising Origin in 1859 (see letter from Charles Kingsley, 30 May 1865 and n. 2).
- f5 4861.f5Kingsley was rector of Eversley, Hampshire, became chaplain to the queen in 1859, and was appointed professor of modern history at Cambridge University in 1860 (DNB).