Advises THF that best plan is to investigate the part certain structures play with all plants or orders, instead of describing means of fertilisation in particular plants. Naturalists value observations far more than reasoning.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Nov 26. 1868
My dear Mr Farrer
I feel sure that the points to which you refer w
In my opinion the best plan is to go on working & making
copious notes without much thought of publication, & then if
the results turn out striking publish them. It is my
impression, but I do not feel sure that I am right, that the
best & most novel plan w
Looking to yr note I think that this is perhaps the plan which you suggest.
It is well to remember that naturalists value observations
far more than reasoning; therefore y
Your description of the structure of Chorozema is quite new to me.
My son misunderstood the message about Decaisne's great work, but I hope you will receive it soon & after looking over it can return it to him at Trinity Coll.
Pray believe me my dear M
- f1 6475.f1In his letter of 21 November 1868, Farrer had enumerated several points concerning flower structure that he associated with adaptation to insect agency in fertilisation.
- f2 6475.f2See enclosure to letter from T. H. Farrer, 21 November 1868 and n. 4.
- f3 6475.f3Farrer evidently asked whether he could borrow Traité générale de botanique descriptive et analytique (Le Maout and Decaisne 1868). George Howard Darwin had recently been elected a fellow of Trinity College, which had a copy of the book (see letter from Adam Sedgwick, 11 October 1868).