To Daniel Oliver 1 May 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Very many thanks for your two notes.—2
I shd. be very glad of three plants of Dionæa (for which I could pay & for Cypripedium)3 & as I shall not go to sea for my daughter’s sake till middle of June, the sooner I could have them the better, as I might try few experiments soon on them.4 But how on earth can they be packed?
The best address will be
Ch. Darwin Esqe
care of Mr Mitchell
per Railway Bromley
Pray thank Mr Crocker.—5
Also thank Mr Fitch (& ask him to keep memorandum.)6 I will not have the outline which does capitally done on wood yet, for I have been very unfortunate in my experimental plants dying, & I may not come to any sure conclusion & in this case should not publish.—
Nevertheless if your P. farinosa sends forth long-stamened & short-stamened flowers, I shd be infinitely obliged for 2 or 3 flowers of each kind to examine folded up in 2 or 3 green leaves & sent by Post.7
Thanks for references about nectaries. Kurr’s work you told me of before & I bought & have read it.—8 You will now be very busy with your Lecture9
with many thanks | Yours truly | Ch. Darwin
Thanks W. H. Fitch for drawing for the Primula paper. Death of experimental plants delays publication.