To Daniel Oliver 20 December 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Mr Oliver
If you have Rafinesque’s New Flora of N. America, will you kindly look & tell me the date of Part First.2
Drumond of Swan River has sent me seeds of a Compos. Plant.—Styloncerus Humifusus of Labillard.3 As, after looking at them, I shall not want them, I have thought I would just mention that I had them, in case they shd. of any use at Kew; not that I suppose they would.— He has sent me seeds of Distylis which I shall plant.— You sent me a Goodenia, also, so I shall have plenty of this order now.— I have been pleased at a prophecy which I made to myself coming true, viz that Bees would open the indusium & get out the pollen & thus accidentally carry it from flower to flower, for Drummond writes that he watches a small Bee busily employed in extracting the pollen out of the indusium of a Brunonia.— This feat, would I expect puzzle our European Bees.—
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
Requests date of [C. S.] Rafinesque[-Schmaltz], New flora of North America, pt 1 .