To John Scott 7 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Every day that I cd do any thing, I have read a few pages of yr paper & have now finished it & return it registered.2 It has interested me deeply, & is I am sure, an excellent memoir. It is well arranged & in most parts well written. In the proof sheets you can correct a little with advantage I have suggested a few alterations in pencil for yr consideration, & have put in here & there a slip of paper. There will be no occasion to re-write the paper, only, if you agree with me, to alter a few pages. When finished return it me & I will with the highest satisfaction communicate it to the Linn. Soc.3 I shd be proud to be the author of the paper. I shall not have caused much delay as the 1st meeting of the Soc. was on Nov 5.
When yr primula paper is finished if you are so inclined I shd like to hear briefly about yr Verbascum & Passiflora experiments.4 I tried Verbascum & have got the pods but do not know when I shall be able to see to the results.5 This subject might make another paper for you. I may add that Acropera Luteola was fertilized by me & had produced 2 fine pods.6
I congratulate you on your excellent paper & believe me My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
P.S. In summary to P. paper can you conjecture what is the typical or parental form i.e. equal long or short-styled7
Has read JS’s paper [MS of "Observations on the functions and structure of the reproductive organs in the Primulaceae", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 78–126] which has interested him greatly. Will communicate it to the Linnean Society if JS carries out a few corrections.
Would like to hear about his Verbascum and Passiflora experiments.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4332,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4332