From Edward Cresy 27 April 1863
27 April ’63
My dear Sir
Many thanks for the copy of your paper on Linum which I should have acknowledged before but for pressure of business—1 What a wonderful field for observation you continue to open up—infusing new life into the old dry bones of systematic botany— I can’t think how it is the popularisers have not got hold of it yet, there seems such a fund of resource for them but I suppose they cant grasp the idea so as to feel their feet in using it—
I met with a curious passage in an old free thinker Francis Sanchez who lived in the latter part of the sixteenth century— the book is a rare one entitled “Quod nihil scitur” Frankfurt 1618—2 Mackay the author of “Religious development of Greeks & Hebrews”3 shewed it me among a lot of rare books he had been buying & I made a note of the following—
“In arboribus eadem mixtio cernitur et plantis aliis, ut in caulorapo malo persicis, amigdalo persicis et pluribus aliis quibus insitione media acquiritur natura inter insitum et id cui inseritur si denique addas mutationis specieum ut ex tritico saepe lolium et ex lolio triticum quandoque et ex secala avena fit”—4
I find I was right in telling you the London Chatham & Dover had withdrawn their Brighton line—5 I have marked in pencil the two SE lines which are in progress New Cross to Dartford & New Cross to Tunbridge as well as London Chatham & Dover Sevenoaks branch on a map which I will forward you tomorrow6—together with the most recent map I can get of the lines round London— they are two long to go by post so I will send them by rail addressed to you at Bromley Station to be called for—
How did your son George get on at Cambridge7 I heard he & young Carpmael went up together but did not see Carpmael this morning so have not heard the result—8
Yours very truly | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq—
CD’s Linum paper [Collected papers 2: 93–105].
Sending up-to-date railway map of southern region.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4130,” accessed on 19 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4130