Thanks for "Climbing plants" [see 4861].
My dear Charles,
I have again to thank you for your kindness, in sending me your very valuable paper on the Climbing Plants.
It is a subject new to me except in the most common facts; & I have read with great interest the researches, by which you raise it to the character of a branch of natural science.— We shall soon have to speak of Animal & Vegetable Instincts as having community in nature & origin.
I heard, & with regret, from Erasmus, that you had been less well again, But I know so little of details, that I can do no more than express my earnest wish that you may be speedily relieved.
My best remembrances to M
I shall get some, (though less than usual), of sea-voyage this autumn.— first to the Orkneys with my second Son— then to Portugal, to see the Exhibition at Oporto. Crossing the B. of Biscay will give me sorrowful recollection of poor Falconer, with whom & Busk I crossed it last Autumn on our way to the Gibraltar Caves
- f1 4865.f1The year is established by the reference to `Climbing plants', which was published in June 1865. No presentation list for the paper has been found.
- f2 4865.f2`Climbing plants'.
- f3 4865.f3Erasmus Alvey Darwin.
- f4 4865.f4Emma Darwin.
- f5 4865.f5Francis James Holland.
- f6 4865.f6The `Exhibition of Arts and Industry' opened in Oporto, Portugal, on 18 September 1865 (see The Times, 26 September 1865, p. 10).
- f7 4865.f7Holland, Hugh Falconer, and George Busk had visited Gibraltar in October 1864 to examine Genista Cave, Windmill Hill, and the fossil remains recently recovered from it. A report, in the form of a letter from Busk and Falconer to the Governor of Gibraltar, had recently been published in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society (Busk and Falconer 1865; see also Falconer 1868, 2: 554--63). See Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Henry Holland, 4 November  and n. 6. Falconer died of heart-failure on 31 January 1865 (DNB).