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Letter 733

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

[27 Jan 1844]

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    C. G. Ehrenberg would like some earth from Galapagos, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falklands; wishes to hunt for Infusoria.


Down. Bromley Kent

Saturday night.

My dear Sir

I hope you will excuse me troubling you again, I have heard through a friend from Ehrenberg, that he wants some earth from the Galapagos to hunt for Infusoria, & he suggests that perhaps a little may hang to the roots,—I fear not, but would you kindly look, & if you can shake any off, send it me.— Ehrenberg further is anxious for any earth or more especially peat from T. del. Fuego or the Falkland Islands.— I had specimens of peat, showing the process of its formation, by plants like Astelia &c &c, I do not know whether they were sent to you— I fear they are probably lost,—but I daresay a little peaty earth could be shaken off some of the little peat-loving plants of T. del. Fuego.—

I know you will not grudge some little trouble for so great a naturalist as Ehrenberg.

Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 733.f1
    Dated from the letter to Ernst Dieffenbach, 25 January 1844, and on the assumption that CD would have written to Hooker immediately.
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    f2 733.f2
    Ernst Dieffenbach.
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    f3 733.f3
    Eventually described in Ehrenberg 1853.
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