To P. H. Gosse 28 September 1856
Down, Bromley, Kent,
September 28, 1856.
My dear Sir,
I thank you warmly for your extremely kind letter,1 and for your information about the bald-pate, which is quite sufficient.2 When we meet next I shall beg to hear the actual coo!
I will by this very post write to Mr. Hill,3 and will venture to use your name as an introduction, which I am sure will avail me much; so you need take no trouble on the subject, as using your name will be all that I should require.
With my sincere thanks, Yours truly, | Ch. Darwin.
I am very anxious to get all cases of the transport of plants or animals to distant islands. I have been trying the effects of salt water on the vitality of seeds—their powers of floatation—whether earth sticks to birds’ feet or base of beak, and I am experimenting whether small seeds are ever enclosed in such earth, etc. Can you remember any facts? But of all cases whatever, the means of transport (and such I must think exist) of land mollusca utterly puzzle me most.4 I should be very grateful for any light.
Thanks PHG for information about the bald-pate pigeon.
Will write to Richard Hill.
Can PHG remember any facts relevant to transport of animals and plants to distant islands?
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1962,” accessed on 24 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1962