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From Asa Gray   6 November 1879

Herbarium of Harvard University, | Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass.

Nov. 6 1879

My Dear Darwin

It is such a pleasure, and a rare sight, to see your handwriting, that I will do anything for you.1 I shall try to get seeds of the Ipomœa & Megarrhiza for you, neither of which seed here.2 But at this season it is doubtful even if the latter can be picked up in California   For the former try Wm. Thompson, seeds-man, Ipswich, on the chance.3 Glad you will turn your mind to what I think is an interesting point.

De Vries wrote me a letter.4

Now, I am a sinful not to have ever thought that you might like to see my revised Text Book, & to have sent it to you.5 Now I think of it, there are sundry things in the book which I could wish you to see, and I wonder I did not send the book

I am famously well—and deep in Solidago—an ungrateful task.6 My wife7 is in bed with a bad cold, but responds to your good wishes.

And hoping you & yours are all well, I am | Very sincerely Yours | Asa Gray


Will try to get Ipomoea and Megarrhiza seeds for CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Herbarium of Harvard
Source of text
DAR 165: 200
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12296,” accessed on 27 January 2020,