Sends J. P. M. Weale's paper on Bonatea for consideration by Linnean Society [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6].
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I send by this post a paper which has been sent to me by a gentleman at the Cape of
Good Hope with the request that I would communicate it, if I thought fit, to the Linn.
Soc. On a subject on which I feel so much interest I do not
feel capable of judging whether it is worthy of being read & published by the
Society. The paper describes a new species of that extraordinary genus Bonatea,
& gives some new & curious details on its fertilization; but the paper
is too diffuse & perhaps gives too many extraneous remarks. It will be difficult
for the referee, should the paper be read & published, to determine what
My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 5411.f1The year is established by the reference to Weale 1867 (see n. 2, below), which was read at the Linnean Society in March 1867.
- f2 5411.f2James Philip Mansel Weale enclosed a manuscript with his letter of 9 January 1867; the manuscript (now in the Linnean Society archives, SP1249) was later published as Weale 1867. Weale lived in Bedford, Cape Colony.
- f3 5411.f3The paper was read at the Linnean Society on 7 March 1867, and was published in the Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany); one illustration showing four figures was included (see Weale 1867, p. 473). On the publishing of the paper, see the letter to the Linnean Society, 9 December , and the letter to J. P. M. Weale, 9 December . An annotated copy of Weale 1867 is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f4 5411.f4Papers on orchids appearing in the Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) following the publication of Orchids and `Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum' included Trimen 1863 and 1864, Crüger 1864, and Moggridge 1864; the first three of these were communicated to the Linnean Society by CD.