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To [Otto Busch]   26 June 1877

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

June 26th. 1877

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to you for your very kind notes & present of your work on Schopenhauer.1 I will endeavour to read it but fear it may be too difficult as I am but aQQQQ QQQQ german scholar.—

Many thanks for your remakrs on bees and cloves. When I spoke of the red clover producing few seeds last spring, I addedQQQQ that I supposed that it was due to the extreme rarity of Humble-bees (Bombus), for I have ascertained that this plant requires insects for its fertilisation, & I knew that Hive-bees do not visit the flowers, except to QQQQ for a secretion on the outside of the calyx, or for sucking the nectar from the outside through holes previously bitten by Humble-bees.2

With much respect & my thanks, I remain | Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Chalres Darwin


Thanks OB for his work on Schopenhauer [Arthur Schopenhauer. Beitrag zu einer Dogmatik der Religionslosen (1877)]

and for his remarks on bees and clover. When CD spoke, last spring, of the few seeds produced by red clover, he supposed it was due to rarity of humble-bees.

Letter details

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Darwin, C. R.
Busch, Otto
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Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (bMs 7 Romer Library)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11019,” accessed on 23 October 2016,