From Charles Kingsley 14 June 1865
Eversley Rectory, | Winchfield.
My dear Sir
I have been reading with delight & instruction your paper on Climbing plants.1
Your explanation of an old puzzle of mine—Lath. Nissolia—is a masterpiece.2 Nothing can be more conclusive. That of the filament at the petiole-end of the Bean is equally satisfactory.3
Ah that I could begin to study Nature anew, now that you have made it to me a live thing; not a dead collection of names4
But my work lies elsewhere now.5 Such work nevertheless helps mine at every turn. It is better that the division of labour shd. be complete, & that each man should do only one thing, while he looks on, as he finds time, at what others are doing, & so gets laws from other sciences wh. he can apply—as I do—to my own.
Yours ever faithfully | C Kingsley.
CD’s paper on "Climbing plants" [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1867): 1–118] has made nature come alive for CK.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4861,” accessed on 19 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4861