To Alfred Newton 24 March 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you sincerely for the potatoes, which arrived safely & are planted; they may come in very useful in crossing, as our cultivated potatoes present some odd peculiarities in their reproduction.—2
I shall be exceedingly glad of the foot of the Partridge, if you can get it for me: I will weigh the earth & then see, with due precautions, whether it contains any seeds capable of germination:3 I presume the foot will turn out to be a wounded one. I suppose you feel sure it is not a stupid hoax.—
With my sincere thanks for your kindness— | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.
Germination of seeds in earth on partridge’s foot.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4435,” accessed on 2 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4435