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Letter 965

Darwin, C. R. to Ehrenberg, C. G.

25 Mar [1846]

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    Sends copy [of "Fine dust in the Atlantic Ocean", Collected papers 1: 199–202]. Attempting to obtain further samples for CGE.


Down Bromley Kent

March 25th

Dear & highly Honoured Sir

I received your kind letter two days ago, & beg to thank you sincerely for the information contained in it.— Herewith I send a copy of my little paper on the Atlantic Dust, (published in the Geolog. Journal) & which I would have sent ere this, had I supposed you would have cared to see it.—

I have asked the Hydrographer to the Admiralty (Capt. Beaufort) to call the attention of Officers to the dust & to collect specimens of it.

I have no specimens myself of grasses from Ascension, but I have written to Dr Hooker & I well know he will proud to send you specimens if he has them: I doubt, however, whether he has yet named his grasses.

Sometime ago I sent you some specimens (through the Chev. Bunsen ) of rocks of the Secondary period from the Cordillera; shd you have examined them I shd esteem it a great favour to know the result.—

I regret much to hear of the long illness in your family: being a married man myself, I can appreciate your distress.

Pray believe me, dear Sir, with much respect. | Yours faithfully & obliged | C. Darwin

P.S. | I have received the Ascension plants from Dr J. D. Hooker for you.— I enclose his note, as you might like to see the scanty list of really indigenous Phaneragam: plants.— You will observe there is only one certainly indigenous grass, or at most two.— Many plants have been of late introduced there.—

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    f1 965.f1
    Letter from C. G. Ehrenberg, 11 March 1846.
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    Collected papers 1: 199–203.
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    Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen.
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    Presumably CD kept this letter open until he received the specimens from Joseph Dalton Hooker, sometime after 25 March (see letter from Hooker, [25 March 1846]). The specimens were sent to Ehrenberg by 10 April, see letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 April [1846].
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