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From John Pearson   23 November 1858

Kinlet near Bewdley

Novr. 23d. 1858 To CDarwin Esqr. | Downe Bromley Kent


I humbly beg to call your attention to one point in the culture of the Kidney Bean, which I think you have omitted in your most interesting article “On the Agency of Bees” in the Gardeners’ Chronicle,1 & that is, how is it that our forced “French Beans” set their blossoms on a hot brick flue in the winter months, when no insect is on the wing? as to Thrips we kill them by “smoking”.

I am, Sir your humble | sert. | John Pearson Gardener &c | to W. L. Childe Esqr. | Kinlet | near Bewdley | Worcesters—

P.S. I don’t see the Chronicle till a week after date


See letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle, [before 13 November 1858].


Refers to CD’s article "Fertilisation of papilionaceous flowers" in Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 2: 19–25] and asks how forced beans flower in winter when no insect is on the wing.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Pearson
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Kinlet near Bewdley
Source of text
DAR 77: 148
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2370,” accessed on 28 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7