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DCP-LETT-4566

To Daniel Oliver   [22 July 1864]1

Down Bromley Kent

Friday

Dear Oliver.

I am ashamed of myself for troubling you, busy as you are; but I was sorely tempted & I thought that you would naturally take a turn sometimes in the Garden.—2

I am very glad that you are going to have a holiday in France. On your return, perhaps you will observe this one point.— whether a leaf with a pitcher has ever fairly & closely wound round a stick or support.—3

My plant is improving for I have tried desperate methods of treatment & given it two steam baths daily at 100o. & it likes the stewing much.—4

The facts which you give me & your capital outlines will be of use.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Daniel Oliver. 21 July 1864. In 1864, the first Friday after 21 July was 22 July.
2
CD had asked Oliver about the climbing habits of Nepenthes (see letter to Daniel Oliver, 13 July [1864] and nn. 2 and 3, and letter from Daniel Oliver, 21 July 1864).
3
From his own observations, CD concluded that the leaves of Nepenthes wound around a stick in order to support the growing pitcher (see ‘Climbing plants’, pp. 46–7).
4
CD had much difficulty in cultivating Nepenthes (see Correspondence vol. 11, letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 March [1863], and this volume, letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 April [1864]).

Summary

Will DO observe whether leaf [of Nepenthes] with pitcher ever wound round a stick? CD’s plant is improving.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4566
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Oliver, Daniel
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Edward Ford (private collection)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4566,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4566

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