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To George Bentham   13 October [1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Oct 13th

Dear Bentham

You sent me some time ago Hist. notes on Cultivated Plants by Targioni-Tozzetti, & which I wish occasionally to quote. I hate quoting an anonymous work. Would you have the kindness to allow me to add your name,—that is of course if you have no objection. Otherwise I must say a “Writer”.—2

If not much trouble could you tell me the volume & year & first page of Hort. Journal, in which it appears, as none of these very necessary elements appear.—

Pray forgive me troubling you & believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship to the letter from George Bentham, 15 October 1862.
There is an annotated presentation copy of Bentham’s anonymous synoptical review of Targioni Tozzetti 1853 ([Bentham] 1855) in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. [Bentham] 1855 is frequently cited in chapters 9 and 10 of Variation; CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II) records that he began to work on the section of Variation dealing with ‘Facts of variation of Plants’, on 7 October 1862.


Asks for reference to GB’s summary of Targioni-Tozzetti’s book ["Historical notes on the introduction of various plants into the agriculture and horticulture of Tuscany: a summary of a work entitled Cenni storici sulla introduzione di varie piante nell agricultura ed orticultura Toscana by Dr Antonio Targioni-Tozzetti, Florence, 1850", J. Hortic. Soc. Lond. 9 (1855): 133–81]. [See Variation, 1st ed., 1: 306 n.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Bentham
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Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Bentham letters: 715)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3760,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

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