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Darwin Correspondence Project

To George Maw   21 June [1866]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 21st

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in remembering my desire for information about sports, & for the curious & nicely dried specimen received yesterday. As it happens I have already seen this case, but I am not the less grateful to you for your kindness—1

Pray believe me | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Maw had sent CD a fragment of a fern-leaved beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’) bearing a branch of the normal form of foliage (see letter from George Maw, 18 June 1866 and n. 2). In Variation 1: 382, CD referred to other cases in which the buds of the fern-leaved beech had reverted to the normal form; or had reverted only partially, so that branches bore both normal and fern-like leaves, as well as variously shaped leaves. CD cited information from Braun 1853, p. 315, and Gardeners’ Chronicle 1841, p. 329.


Thanks GM for a specimen; it is a sport with which he is already familiar.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Maw
Sent from
Source of text
Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5130,” accessed on 24 April 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14