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Letter 5130

Darwin, C. R. to Maw, George

21 June [1866]

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    Thanks GM for a specimen; it is a sport with which he is already familiar.


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

June 21st

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in remembering my desire for information about sports, & for the curious & nicely dried specimen received yesterday. As it happens I have already seen this case, but I am not the less grateful to you for your kindness—

Pray believe me | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

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    Maw had sent CD a fragment of a fern-leaved beech (Fagus sylvatica `Asplenifolia') bearing a branch of the normal form of foliage (see letter from George Maw, 18 June 1866 and n. 2). In Variation 1: 382, CD referred to other cases in which the buds of the fern-leaved beech had reverted to the normal form; or had reverted only partially, so that branches bore both normal and fern-like leaves, as well as variously shaped leaves. CD cited information from Braun 1853, p. 315, and Gardeners' Chronicle 1841, p. 329.
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