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Letter 9005B

Darwin, C. R. to Treat, Mary

12 Aug 1873

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    Thanks MT for information on Drosera filiformis [see 8989].

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    Warns her against publishing statement about Drosera bending towards flies or meat that they have not touched.

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    Will send his book [Insectivorous plants] when published.

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Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug. 12. 1873

Dear Madam

I am very much obliged to you for having so kindly sent me an account of Drosera filiformis.

Your statements will be very useful to me in my short account of this species. I am familiar with what you state about D. longifolia & rotundifolia.

I have just lately been working hard for the last 2 months on the latter species; & before long shall draw up an account of their digestive powers & action under various stimulants. If I were in your place I should be afraid to publish the statement about the Drosera bending towards flies or meat which they did not touch; unless I had tried the experiment many times, under the most rigorous precautions; for I am convinced that no botanist wd believe the statement unless all the precautions taken were described in detail.

With my best thanks, I remain dear Madam | yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin

Whenever my little book is published I will do myself the pleasure to send you a copy; it will be on the genera Drosera, Dionæa & Drosophyllum with the republication of my paper on Climbing Plants.

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    This letter is not yet published in the edition of The correspondence of Charles Darwin; it will appear in volume 21. The text is being made available here ahead of print publication as part of the `Darwin and Gender' project funded by The Bonita Trust.
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