To Asa Gray 18 February 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Gray
Your abstract of my book is inimitably good.2 You have given everything,—you have quite eviscerated it. By Jove I ought to owe you a grudge! In earnest it could not in my opinion be improved.
Very many thanks, also, for the specimens, & for not hating me for bothering you so much.3 In about a week’s time I shall examine them with greatest interest. I shall send my son Frank to Kew on Wednesday to look at specimens of Leucosmia & some of the Polemoniaceæ &c.4 I long to get this old work off my hands & so shall publish too soon to profit by sowing seeds of Gilia.—5
I did despatch Title &c of Orchis book, but have now written to Murray to send you by post complete copy.6
Some of your criticisms & suggestions in your two reviews are very good.7
Ever yours gratefully | Ch. Darwin
Pray correct a dreadful erratum
p. 275, 6 lines from top
for self-fertilised plants
read crossed plants.8
Praises AG’s abstract of Cross and self-fertilisation [Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 13 (1877): 125–41].
Hopes soon to finish with dimorphic plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10851,” accessed on 30 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10851