To Roland Trimen 13 May 1864
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
May 13 1864
My dear Mr Trimen
I received your letter of Mar 14.1 some time ago & was fearful that the Oxalis would never arrive, but yesterday to my joy they came safe & alive & are now planted. Please give my sincere thanks to Mr Mac Gibbon2 & accept them yourself. The plants will be invaluable. My only fear is that each kind has been propagated by offsets from a single stock & if so they will all belong to the same form.3
I am sorry for my mistake about the Disa. I have sent an erratum to Linn. Journ.4
Thanks for the additional facts about Disa, but I am sure I do not know what I shall ever do with all my wealth of new facts.5
I am slowly recovering from my 10 months illness, but I do not know when I shall regain my old modicum of strength. I was pleased to see a nice little review evidently by Mr Bates on your Cape butterflies in that admirable journal the Nat. Hist. Review.6
By the way do you see the “Reader.” No English newspaper ever before gave half as good resumés of all branches of science: the literature is likewise well treated. I do not know who the Editor is so that my puffing is honest.7
Does Strelitzia reginæ grow in any gardens at the Cape? I strongly suspect it must be fertilized by some honey seeking bird; the structure is very curious & this wd be worth investigating8
with cordial thanks believe me yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Oxalis plants have arrived safely [see 4347].
CD regrets his mistake about Disa; will correct it.
Thanks RT for his additional facts about Disa.
Is recovering slowly from ten months’ illness.
Asks whether Strelitzia reginae grows in gardens at the Cape. Suspects it must be fertilised by a bird.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Trimen, Roland
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Royal Entomological Society (Trimen papers, box 21: 59)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4493,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4493