From Daniel Oliver 14 April 1862
Monday. 14. IV. 1862
My dear Sir
How very kind you are to write me at such length!—1 The Linn: Socy . will pay Mr. Fitch. His bill amounts only to 10/.—2 It is curious about the Primrose ovules. I have repeated the obs. with same result & got the boy downstairs who knows nothing which I thought largest to compare bud of one with open flower of other & he wholly confirms me.3 However it must be variable & I ought to delete its mention or modify it in the M.S.S. which I send you by this post?4 that the No. of seeds matured may vary relatively in individual capsules tho’ as you shew more in the short-styled on the whole.— So with the ovules?
The whole paper however you may think so stupid & obscure & devoid of interest that I may have to burn it.— It is what I have hastily sketched out for N.H.R. You understand these things so infinitely better than I that you perhaps think me very foolish. You see it is anonymous!— Pray tell me if you think it worth putting in;—that is if you can find time to look at it. If you do not burn it wd. you kindly post it again to me.— The Atlantis Paper did not satisfy me.5 But with regard to greater prominence to early migration during warm period I merely must have taken it for granted that no body could have thought of any thing else.—unless it be plurality-of-centres-of-creation people.6
To write popularly I must learn how.— I am so stupid with a pen, that I believe one ought to sit down & attempt not to “write a paper”—but to “talk one”
The Corydalis with hole bit in at top we thought might be C. Marschalliana, but it was a doubtful plant rather. I shall write about the Primula farinosa.7
The Campanula I mention in the M.S.S.— as Brongiart had previously described similar structure I shall not write about it to Linn. Soc.8 The closed membrane was new to me over the sexual organs where I found it & extremely interesting. You see I have stopped at 2 kinds of dimorphism doubtless this may be my ignorance. The thing is difficult to put in words—defining the kinds.—9 Now I must beg you excuse all this trouble.
I am not clear that I wholly apprehend your observatn. about water plants just yet.—10 I must read again.
Very sincerely Yours | Dal. Oliver
Discusses primrose ovules,
Atlantis paper [Nat. Hist. Rev. (1862): 149–70],