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Letter 8319

Darwin, C. R. to Baxter, W. W.

11 May [1860–2 or 1872–4?]


Requests litmus paper and gum.


Please send me little book of Litmus Paper. & Bottle of Gum withbrush, such as I have often had before

C. Darwin

Down, May 11th.—

Columbia University in the City of New York, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Herter Box 1)



The correspondent is conjectured by the fact that Baxter was CD’s usual chemist, and he supplied chemicals for CD’s work on Insectivorous plants. The date range is conjectured from a note accompanying this letterin which Horace Darwin is said to have attested that the letter had todo with CD’s work on Drosera. CD worked on Drosera chiefly between1860 and 1862, and between 1872 and 1874 (see Correspondencevols. 8, 9, 10, 20, 21, and 22, and LL 3: 322).
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