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Letter 7289

Darwin, C. R. to Kippist, Richard & Linnean Society

28 July [1870]


Sends five papers from J. P. M. Weale for consideration by the Linnean Society.


Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

July 28

My dear Sir

I have received 5 Papers from Mr J. P. Mansel Weale of Brooklyn,near K. William’s Town, Kaffraria, which he has asked me to communicateto Linnean Soc.—f2 I send them registered, with figures & specimensof the Plants referred to.— The Socy. must settle whetherthey are worth reading.f3 There are some new & rather curious factsabout Disa & Disperis, & the case of the Bee’s nest, I believe to benew. The paper on the Asclepiads wants enormous condensation; but I haveno spare strength or time to undertake such work.— There is anotherdifficulty that the plants are not named. As I have said there seems tome enough novel matter in these papers to justify me in sending them tothe Society. But as there has been so much now written on thefertilisation of Orchids, their publication is another question, aboutwhich I will not venture to express an opinion.—

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Linnean Society of London



The year is established by the relationship between this letter andthe letter to J. P. M. Weale, 30 July 1870.
James Philip Mansel Weale had enclosed the papers with his letter toCD of [25 May 1870]. Kaffraria was a region on the eastern coast ofSouth Africa, between Natal and Cape Colony; it became part of CapeColony in 1865 (Stewart 1996).
Four of Weale’s papers were later published (Weale 1870a, 1870b,1870c, and 1870d).
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