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.—1
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:2 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 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4435