Writes a line of thanks; includes instructions on procedure for crossing experiments.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I write one line to thank you & to say that it w
Dear Sir | yours much obliged | C. Darwin
P.S. I was glad to see your Election to Linn. Soc.—
- f1 5080.f1The year is established by the date of Robinson's election to the Linnean Society (see n. 3, below).
- f2 5080.f2Robinson's letter has not been found; see, however, the letter to William Robinson, [29 April 1866] and nn. 4 and 6. CD had asked Robinson to make crosses of the waterlily Euryale ferox, and to compare the number of seeds in crossed individuals with that in self-pollinated specimens. CD asked for a similar experiment to be made with any species of Nymphaea, and instructed Robinson to protect the self-pollinated individuals from insects. Presumably it was not necessary to remove the anthers from the flowers because of the prepotency of the pollen from other individuals (see Cross and self fertilisation, p. 2).
- f3 5080.f3Robinson was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society on 19 April 1866 (List of the Linnean Society of London 1866).