Will not trouble WCT for more specimens of Drosophyllum. Hooker says genus is closely allied to Drosera, though having such different habits.
Down, Beckenham, Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I write merely to thank you for your very kind offer to send
me more specimens and seed of Drosophyllum; but I will not
trouble you, for they would be superfluous. Strangely 3 of your
plants, after being sickly, have perfectly recovered and are
growing vigorously and have produced plenty of seed! They
catch abundance of insects; but I cannot make out anything
peculiar about their structure or functions. I suppose it is my
soil; for they cannot succeed at Kew. I am going to give one or
two of my plants to Kew and seed. D
With my best thanks. Pray believe me | yours sincerely and obliged | Ch. Darwin.
- f1 6872.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. C. Tait, [23 August 1869].
- f2 6872.f2See letter from W. C. Tait, [23 August 1869].
- f3 6872.f3See letter from J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin, 29 March 1869 and n. 7.
- f4 6872.f4CD refers to Joseph Dalton Hooker. See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 August 1869 and n. 10.
- f5 6872.f5CD presumably refers to information contained in the missing portion of the letter from W. C. Tait, [23 August 1869]. There are no references in CD's published work to information from Tait on lizards.