From John Scott 5 May 1
I enclose for your perusal the first of my experimental papers.2 I will be glad to hear whether or not you think it sufficiently interesting to communicate to the Linn. Soc. I fear it will be rather dry: as you will find it simply consists of a detail of experiments.
In one point, however, you will find it I think more satisfactory than that which I communicated to the Bot. Soc. of Edinburgh, viz as respects condition of seeds.3 The making out the amount & relative number of good & bad seed was most troublesome & tedious work, but this is nothing if as I hope it will render my paper more interesting & complete.
The next paper I purpose sending you, is on the Passifloras Disemmas & Tacsonias.4
I expected from what Mr. Kippist5 said that the proofs of paper on Primulas6 would have been sent me ere this but I have not yet received it. I will therefore have the opportunity of noticing the case you mention about my equal-styled cowslip.7 I will also insert a note on the occurrence of equal-styled Primroses: with a notice of their fertility,8 as I have at present one or two self-fertilised pods on my plant.
I can now only feebly express my thankfulness for the continued interest you take in me. I do feel deeply obliged for your kindness in offering to assist me pecuniarily.9 If I had anything like definite prospects of getting some situation I would gladly avail myself of your kindness; but as it is I will not for the present.
My spirits sink in spite of me; as I have now been more than two months at home & have even less prospects of a situation than when I came.
I remain | Yours respectfully & obliged | J Scott
Encloses MS of his paper ["On individual sterility of Oncidium", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 162–7].
His next will be on Passiflora, Disemma, and Tacsonia [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 197–206].
When he receives proofs of his Primula paper he will add CD’s case about equal-styled cowslip.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4485,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4485