To M. J. Berkeley 11 April 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I am extremely much obliged to you for your most kind present of the extremely curious Peas, which are quite a treasure to me.1 All the kinds are new except the Q. of the Dwarfs.—2 It seems wonderful that the seed-raisers in France can keep the “Pois geant sans parchemin” true,3 but I suppose they do succeed by raising bodies together. If by any chance you happen to know on this head I shd very much like to know but I am ashamed to ask you to take so much trouble: & if, as is probable, you know nothing I shall understand it so by not hearing.
I felt that it was a mere chance whether you had Gærtner’s facts so distinctly in your head as to give me your opinion. And indeed I ought not to have troubled you with so long a letter; but it is a great temptation to write about what one is much interested on.—
With my very sincere thanks | Believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin
Thanks MJB for peas.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1665,” accessed on 10 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1665