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DCP-LETT-1718

To J. S. Henslow   14 July [1855]

Down Farnborough Kent

July 14th

My dear Henslow.

With mistakes & alterations, the Hitcham list1 is so blotched, that I have copied out the 22 plants, which grow at Hitcham & are found at Azores; & are, according to a list of 77 received yesterday, from Mr H. C. Watson, the least likely to have been imported with agricultural seeds.—2 If you will employ your little girls to collect these, I shd be greatly obliged, & pay them liberally for me. I shd require, when such could be procured, a packet with 100 or 200 seeds of each kind, or even rather more of the easily procured kinds; of course less would do. But I have to try them without salting, & at successive periods after immersion.—

I think I shd prefer waiting till you have a good many of the 22 kinds together.

I hope that you think the experiment sufficiently curious to repay you in some slight degree for part of trouble you have so kindly taken. I hope that the little girls, with payment in view, will enjoy the job.—

Most truly yours | C. Darwin diag Water-cress— Nasturtium officinale

Milkwort

Strawberry Fragaria vesca

Cinque-foil, creeping Potentilla reptans

Cinquefoil strawberry-leaved P. tormentilla

Willow-herb—small-flowered. Epilob. parviflorum

Water-star-wort Callitriche

Ivy Hedera helix

Marsh-wort procumbent. Helosciadium nodiflorum

Bedstraw, white water Galium palustre

Centaury common Erythræa centauria

Hooded-Bindweed, great. Convolvulus sepium

Primrose Primula veris

Figwort water Scrophularia aquatica

Speedwell thyme-leaved. Veronica serpyllifolia

—— water —— anagallis

—— common —— officinalis

Thrincia hairy — Thrincia hirta

Spurge-laurel, common Daphne laureola

Club Rush, lake Scirpus lacustris

Carex— any 2 species.

——

22 kinds

——ramme

Footnotes

1
Henslow 1855a, sent to CD by Henslow (see letter to J. S. Henslow, 27 June [1855]).
2
See letter from H. C. Watson, 11 July [1855].

Summary

Sends a list of 22 plants that grow at Hitcham and in the Azores and are, according to H. C. Watson, least likely to have been imported [by man]. Will pay the little girls of Hitcham liberally to collect the seeds for his experiments.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1718
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Henslow, J. S.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 93: A40–A41, A57
Physical description
3pp, encl 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1718,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1718

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