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To D. F. Nevill   3 September 1874

Down, Beckenham, Kent

3rd September 1874

Dear Lady Dorothy Nevill,—

I am much obliged for your Ladyship’s extremely kind letter.1 I have nearly finished my work on Dionea, and though a fine specimen would have been of much use to me, I shall manage pretty well with some poor plants which I have.

“I have never seen Drosera dichotoma, and should much like to make a cursory examination of it.2 Will you be so good as to tell your gardener3 to address it to

C. Darwin, Orpington Station, S.E.R.

To be forwarded immediately by a foot messenger

I will return the plant as soon as my observations are finished, and I hope it will not be injured.

I have so often heard of the beauty of the gardens of Dangstein, that I should much enjoy seeing them; but the state of my health prevents me going anywhere.

Pray believe me, your Ladyship’s truly obliged, | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

See letter from D. F. Nevill, 2 September [1874].
See letter from D. F. Nevill, 2 September [1874]. CD acknowledged Nevill for providing a specimen of Drosera dichotoma in Insectivorous plants, pp. 281–2. Drosera dichotoma is a synonym of D. binata, the forked-leaf sundew.
Nevill’s head gardener was James Vair.

Summary

Thanks DFN for her letter [see 9620].

Has nearly finished work on Dionaea.

Asks her to send a specimen of Drosera dichotoma.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9624F
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Nevill 1910, pp. 107–8

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9624F,” accessed on 23 August 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9624F

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22

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