To Roland Trimen 25 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I have been laid on the shelf for nearly three months, & am ordered to do nothing for 6 months by my doctors.2 To write this is against rules.— Many thanks for specimens of orchids & for your kind letter.3 I dare not look at Oxalis flowers. I regret much that you cannot get seed, especially of your trimorphic flowers. Most species of Oxalis shed their seed by a spurt & the capsules are sensitive to a touch.4
Could you employ anyone to dig up the bulbs of the 2 or 3 forms & allow me to pay, i.e. if they are bulb-bearers.
The last job I began & broke down was a letter to G. Chronicle on your Peach case.—5 I must write no more.— I live in hopes some day to be able to work a very little more, but it will be long before I can.—
Sincere thanks for your very kind letter.
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
I forwarded letter to Bates.6 Pray use me as often as you like.—
CD’s doctor [J. M. Gully] has ordered him to do nothing for six months.
Thanks RT for orchid specimen.
Dares not look at Oxalis flowers.
Regrets RT cannot get seed, especially from his trimorphic flowers.
Asks for bulbs of two or three forms.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Trimen, Roland
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Royal Entomological Society of London (Trimen papers. box 21: 58)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4347,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4347