From George Henslow 2 December 1865
10 South Crescent | Bedford Sq; | W.C.
My dear Sir,
I have been very remiss in not writing to thank you for your last interesting letter;1 but I have been so much engaged since then that I have not had even time to write: in fact I have been engaged in writing a resumé of your deeply interesting paper on tendrils &c. for the “Popular Science Review”, & had only a short time to do it in.—2 It has so greatly interested me that I quite long to see the plants themselves; & therefore I am going to make the request for you to allow me to run down to Bromley & give myself the pleasure of calling on you: I am afraid I must however wait until January,3 as being engaged in my school (of wh. I beg to enclose a Prospectus)4 I cannot get away till then: but if you are at home at that period I would I assure you, esteem it a great favour to be allowed to examine the plants in situ.
Very many thanks for your offer of Sprengel’s work:5 I will see if it is in the Linnæan Library or British Museum if not perhaps I may be allowed to borrow yours: but I do not like to put you to any inconvenience
I read your note on Medicago lupulina in conjunction with mine on M. sativa &c at the Linnæan (last meeting)6 It seemed to create interest
I should feel very much obliged if you will allow me to keep the printed paper on the Kidney beans 7 & to accept your offer as it will be very useful to me in Botanical teaching; for I am glad to get any illustrations pictures &c. or printed matter, for my “Instructional Herbarium”; originated by my father & now proving invaluable to me: i.e. a Herbarium with the addition of drawings of dissections of some 1 or more plant of every order, with morphological monstrosities Diagrams &c … interspersed for the purpose of teaching Botany in a School or in private lessons, which I am now doing,—having a class every Saturday Evening; as well as in my own school.—8
Have you ever examined Crocus to see if it requires intercrossing; I have often suspected it, & mean—as far as I can in London—to try a few experiments this spring. The method pursued by bees is admirably adapted for the purpose which only requires proving.9
Hoping you are in better health, | Believe me | Dear Sir, | Yours very Sincerely | Geo. Henslow
Has been writing a review of CD’s "Climbing plants" for Popular Science Review [5 (1866): 55–65].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4944,” accessed on 26 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4944