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Letter 8806

Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa

11 Mar [1873]

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    Astonished by Agassiz's argument; has sent AG's memorandum to Nature [see 8786].

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    Is working on cross- and self-fertilising plants and has temporarily stopped work on Drosera.

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Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 11th

My dear Gray

It is really astonishing that Agassiz shd. use such an argument as that of the Trees. I have sent the memorandum to Nature; but I believe that they receive so many articles that they can find room for only a small portion of them.

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.

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