Mary Somerville may use diagrams from Orchids [in her Molecular and microscopic science (1869)], but permission should be obtained from John Murray.
My dear Lady Lyell
I should be delighted & honoured by M
Pray believe me yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 5249.f1The date is conjectured from the relationship between this letter and the letter from Mary Somerville, 30 October 1866, and the estimated time needed for post to go to and from Italy.
- f2 5249.f2The letter requesting permission for Mary Somerville to use the illustrations has not been found. Somerville used fourteen illustrations from Orchids in her book On molecular and microscopic science (Somerville 1869, 1: 389--403). CD's copy of Somerville 1869 is in the Darwin Library--Down House.
- f3 5249.f3John Murray, CD's publisher, owned the woodcuts for the illustrations of Orchids.