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Letter 8465f

Darwin, C. R. to Scott, John

12 Aug 1872

Summary

Acknowledges a box of worm-casts from India and a bottle of worms in spirits. There is no memorandum.

His book on expression is finished and includes valuable information from JS.

Transcription

Down, Beckenham, Kent,

Aug. 12, 1872.

My Dear Sir,—

I received from Kew about a week ago some boxes with worm castings, no doubtsent by you; but I have found no memorandum enclosed.f1 Some of these castingsfrom South India are quite gigantic, and others seem very extraordinary; but Ihave not as yet looked at all of them. There is also a bottle with worms inspirits. As on so many former occasions, you have taken infinite pains tooblige me, and the materials seem wonderfully complete. But I am very anxiousfor some information with respect to these specimens; and I hope no letter hasmiscarried, for this would be a very great loss to me.

I have almost finished printing my volume on expression, which will not bepublished until November. I will then send you a copy, in which you will seehow valuable your observations have been to me.f2

With very sincere thanks,—Believe me, Yours truly, | Ch. Darwin.

There is also a block of grey consolidated earth. Also a tin box with pelletslike shot.

Transactions of the Hawick Archæological Society (1908): 69

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Footnotes

f1
After receiving observations on worms fromScott, CD had requested further information specifically on castingsand burrowing behaviour (see letter from John Scott, 22 March 1872, andletter to John Scott, 15 April [1872]). The box had been forwardedfrom the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 August [1872]).
f2
Expression was published on 26 November 1872 (Freeman 1977). Scott had supplied CD with extensive observations on emotionalexpression in India (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from JohnScott, 4 May 1868, and Correspondence vol. 17, letters from John Scott, 2 July 1869 and 21 December 1869). His name is on the presentation listfor Expression (Appendix IV).
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