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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Asa Gray   24 October 1879

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

Oct 24th/79

My dear Gray

I have procured & been reading your new Edit. of your Text-Book of Botany, (which has been greatly developed since old times)1 & I find at p. 21, 22, a curious account of some seedlings. For the bare possibility of you being able to send me a few seeds of the 2 kinds which I want most, I have written their names down on the next page.— I have procured Delphinium nudicaule from a nurseryman.2 I have attended somewhat to the manner in which seedlings break through the ground, & it is for this object that I want these seeds.

I have written a rather big book,—more is the pity—on the movements of plants, & I am now just beginning to go over the M.S. for the second time, which is a horrid bore.3

I hope that Mrs4 & you are both quite well.—

Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

De Vries has been working at the tendrils of Cucurbitaceæ sent by you.—5

seeds wanted

Ipomœa leptophylla6

Megarrhiza californica7


Requests seeds of Ipomoea and Megarrhiza for observations on seedling growth.

Is rereading MS of Movement in plants.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Source of text
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (125)
Physical description

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12269,” accessed on 25 June 2018,