Referee report on paper by Richard Spruce on sacs in Melastoma [see 6690]. CD says RS's suggestions that sacs are inherited is not supported and should be deleted.
I feel considerable difficulty in expressing an opinion on
this paper, from not knowing how few Botanists have
generally supposed that the sacs &c are independent growths
in the plants. If this be so, as I suppose from the terms
used, it seems to me highly desirable that the facts, here
recorded and observed by a naturalist on the spot, should be
published; more especially as M
To the President | & Council of the | Linnean Soc
- f1 6722.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to George Bentham, 10 May .
- f2 6722.f2Richard Spruce had sent CD a paper on the modification of plant structure by ants for submission to the Linnean Society (see letter from Richard Spruce, [before 1 April 1869]. For a transcription of the paper, which was not published by the society, and an account of events surrounding its submission, see Spruce 1908, 2: 384--412. There is a draft of this report in CD's hand in DAR 96: 75.
- f3 6722.f3Joseph Dalton Hooker was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. No correspondence between CD and Hooker on this subject has been found, but Hooker visited Down on 25 April 1869 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).