Astonished by Agassiz's argument; has sent AG's memorandum to Nature [see 8786].
Is working on cross- and self-fertilising plants and has temporarily stopped work on Drosera.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Gray
It is really astonishing that Agassiz sh
I worked last summer hard at Drosera, but could not finish till I got fresh plants, & consequently took up the effects of crossing & self-fertilising plants & am got so interested that Drosera must go to the dogs till I finish with this & get it published; but then I will resume my beloved Drosera & I heartily apologise for having sent the precious little things even for a moment to the dogs.
I hope you are well & hearty & I do not doubt are working like a Trojan. My wife takes me on Friday as an abject prisoner to London for a month & I do hate stopping work.—
I am just like the retired tallow-chandler
Ever yours | Ch. Darwin
Many thanks for the Dubuque Address, which I received before, & read with the greatest interest.