From George Henslow [after 19 April 1866]1
10 Sth Crescent | Bedford Sq | W.C.
Dear Mr Darwin
Many thanks for your letter.2 I have got the Botanische Zeitung from the Linn: Soc: & mean to get a friend to translate it to me. It is a bother Dr Hildebrand hitting on the very same thing! I however read my note upon the structure of Indigoferae at last meeting of Soc: Linn: & called attention, at the same time, to Dr Hildebrands paper.3
I am glad to say the Governors of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital have withdrawn their restriction & have elected me their Botanical Lecturer at last!4 So I begin my duties in May.—
Thanks for explanation about Primula. 5 I see that 2d & 3d column of Table II brings out the difference more palpably. viz: that of the total No. of pods produced & of good Pods.
homo ( 5 ): Hetero ( 14 )
( 6 ) ( 11 )—6
Have you ever noticed a sort of intermediate form? viz: stamens low down, but stigma only slightly above them, with the Corolla generally larger? as in enclosed.—7
Yrs very truly | G Henslow
Thanks for explanation on relative fertility of homostyled and heterostyled crosses in Primula. Sends an intermediate form with small stamens, but stigma only slightly above stamens.
Election as Botanical Lecturer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
- fertility and/or sterility
- intermediate forms, gradation
- physical ‘external’ characters
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5044,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5044