From John Scott 21 September 1
Edinburgh | Botanic Gardens
I have now finished my work on Primulas for this season.2 The greater part of it you will find in my Manuscript which I send off by to-days mail.3 You kindly promised to review it for me; and should it prove worthy, lay it before the Linnæan Society.4 I shall therefore be glad—if you can spare time to look it over—to re-write it in accordance with your criticisms. I am sorry that I had no 〈opportunity to〉 consult as to arrang〈ement〉 as I fear that my want of 〈order〉 will give you much unnecessary trouble.
I sent you a few weeks ago two copies of my paper on Sterility of Orchids.5 I hope they came duly to hand.
In your last letter you asked about seeds of the Linum monogynum.6 I have had a long-styled plant from a friend: it has now four fine plump capsules upon it, which I will send you when ripe.7
I will send you shortly results of my work on Peloric Antirrhinums,8 and Verbascums.9 The latter promise 〈to be very〉 interesting, they have afforded 〈evidence of individual〉 〈s〉terility, both male 〈and femal〉e proving good by the action 〈of different〉 〈spe〉cies
It will be later in the season before I can send results on the Passifloras & Maize.10 The former promise to be of great interest.
Some months ago I mentioned that I had observed female flowers on the terminal male spikes of Maize.11 If you would now like to see such a spike I can send you one.
I shall be glad to hear what you think of my Primula work when you have a little time to spare.12 And for the present | I remain | Yours respectfully & obliged | J. Scott
Sends Primula MS, which CD has promised to communicate to Linnean Society [see 4213].
Will soon send results on peloric Antirrhinum.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4301,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4301