Letter 6576

Bonham-Carter, Alice to Darwin, Emma

25 Jan [1867 or later]

Summary

Sends a translation of two sentences [on floral structure] as requested by Henrietta Darwin.

Transcription

Ravensbourne, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jany 25

Dear Mrs Darwin—

I enclose two sentences with my translation of them by Henrietta’s desire, she having sent them to me this morning,—& perhaps you may find something of news in her letterf2

We are much obliged for the loan of yours & Bessies, & Elinor will send them tomorrow—if not tonightf3   She is just back from her campaign in search of her Committee, & has many letters to write tonight   I have been to see the Smedley party—& on Thursday I go to Cumberland Pl. to see Julia before her departure to Hitchin—f4I have got the “Climbing Plants” back from Roberts & will bring it over.f5

I

It is only with (on) these premisses that we could account satisfactorily for the true morphological significance of the floral organs of the Merantaceæ in spite of the extreme perturbation to which they were exposedf6

II

This edge (lip) embraces the anther of the upper stamen (filament) which remains thus held subtended (stretched) towards the lower part, in a forced position—f7

Hoping that Bessie got home quite comfortably

Believe me | yrs afftly | Alice B C.

DAR 160: 240

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