Thanks GM for specimens of Drosophyllum; by a strange coincidence CD has also received plants from a correspondent in Oporto [W. C. Tait].
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you sincerely for your great kindness about the rare Drosophyllum.— The plants have arrived, but in a rather sickly condition: they may, however, recover. A strange coincidence has occurred: after writing to you I received a letter from a stranger in Oporto, offering to send me any plants, so I mentioned the Drosophyllum, which he found immediately & sent me a supply; they arrived in a very bad state, but have recovered enough for me to observe. The species, however, possesses far less interest than I had confidently expected.
With very sincere thanks for your great kindness | pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 6714.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Maw, 18 April 1869.
- f2 6714.f2See letter from George Maw, 18 April 1869.
- f3 6714.f3CD refers to William Chester Tait; see letter from W. C. Tait, 26 January 1869, letter to W. C. Tait, 2 February , and letter from W. C. Tait, 2 March 1869. See also letter to George Maw, 13 January 1868.
- f4 6714.f4Joseph Dalton Hooker was the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.