Reference to W. Smellie's Natural history  requested by CD.
– that makes her so uncomfortable.—
Catty is going to the Library & will answer yr questions at the end. We will take no notice about poor John of course.—
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They have got the Measles at Overton, & Franky is very poorly.
Smellie's History of Natural Philosophy
- f1 575.f1Francis Parker.
- f2 575.f2The correct title is The philosophy of natural history (Smellie 1790–9). CD may have been interested in Smellie's arguments against the idea of sexual reproduction in plants (Smellie 1790–9, 1: 245–63). CD's record of his reading (DAR 119) shows that he had read volume 1 by 24 May 1842 (Vorzimmer 1977, p. 129). His copy in Darwin Library–CUL is annotated.