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DCP-LETT-4435

To Alfred Newton   24 March [1863]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

March 24th

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

Footnotes

1
See letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863. See also letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 [March 1863], n. 9. Newton annotated this letter: ‘Wild Potatoes given me by Mr. Colchester who brought them from the W. coast of S. America & was my fellow passenger from St. Thos. to England in Jany./63.’
2
See letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863 and nn. 4 and 5.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4435
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Newton, Alfred
Sent from
Down
Source of text
CUL, Alfred Newton papers
Physical description
2pp

Summary

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

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