From H. E. Darwin [c. 10 May 1866]1
My dear Papa
I have just had the eventful interview with Mogg2 He didn’t scold me at all about fusca & lutea3 & we talked orchids very amicably—but the little man wants to see you— I told him that he might come & pay a morning call but that most likely you wdn’t see him & he said he shd be delighted to come on those terms so you are in for it4 I was quite civil I beg to state. Well he was exceeding civil & I happened to have an orchid in my hand for him to name & oddly enough it was the other orchis that fertilises itself—i.e. orchis secundiflora = Neotinea intacta in Seeman’s Journal of Bot. for 1865—5 He is going to send you some6 They shall be sent to Dow[n] He seems to have been making most careful observations about the different ophrys. he showed me a great many of his drawings of the links between them all.7 It is rather horrible to have another self fertiliser, isn’t it? He will send you some of secundiflora & I am to have some to bring too.
I hope I shall know my plans by tomorrow & then I shall know my plans.
yours dear Papa | H.E.D.
Mogg [John Traherne Moggridge] wants to visit CD.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5075,” accessed on 22 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5075