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Letter 6563

Darwin, C. R. to Somerville, M. F. G.

21 Jan [1869]

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    Thanks for copy of MS's book [On molecular and microscopic science, (1869)]. Part on orchids is an excellent summary.


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

Jan 21st.

Dear Madam

I beg leave to thank you very sincerely for your great kindness in sending me a copy of your beautiful work, received yesterday, on Molecular & Microscopic Science, and for the honour you have thus conferred on me.

I have not yet had time to do more than turn over the pages, & to read the part about Orchids, in which you give an excellent summary of the subject.

With my best thanks & the most sincere respect, | I beg permission to remain | dear Madam, | yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin

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    f1 6563.f1
    The year is established by the publication date of Mary Somerville's book (see n. 2, below).
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    Somerville's book, On molecular and microscopic science (Somerville 1869) was published at the beginning of January 1869 (Publishers' Circular, 16 January 1869, p. 10). CD's copy is in the Darwin Library--Down. Somerville, having received CD's permission, used fourteen illustrations from Orchids in the book (Somerville 1869, 1: 389--403; see also Correspondence vol 14, letter from Mary Somerville, 30 October 1866).
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