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From M. T. Masters   17 March 1862

Rye Lane | Peckham

March 17. 1862.

My dear Sir

I can only speak from memory as to the Primrose with ten stamens as I have not the specimen1   My impression is that the upper stamens alternated with the lobes of the corolla. the lower on the contrary were opposite to them but you must take this impression for what it is worth—not much— Should I ever come across another such I will assuredly bear you in mind— I think too I told you that I had a sketch of the late Prof Henslow’s2 showing a double row of stamens   this I find on examination is an error— My sketch is merely a diagram showing the different position of the stamens thus—

[DIAG HERE] evidently referring to two different flowers not to the same.

Believe me | dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Maxwell. T. Masters.


Neither Masters’s letter mentioning the specimen nor CD’s letter seeking further information about it has been found.
John Stevens Henslow, professor of botany at the University of Cambridge, died on 16 May 1861.


He has only an uncertain memory of the placement of stamens in the [monstrous?] primrose CD asked about.

Letter details

Letter no.
Maxwell Tylden Masters
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 171.1: 67
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3475,” accessed on 20 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10