To Fritz Müller 23 August 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I have been very neglectful in not having thanked you sooner for your valuable letter of June 1st, but I have rather more work to do than I can manage & so my correspondence suffers.2
Many of the facts which you mention are very curious & interesting, & if ever I publish a supplement to my Orchis book I shall make use of some of them.3 I am much surprized at what you say about those with large flowers seeding so badly.4 I am especially interested in the case of one of the Epidendreæ which has pollinia for removal by insects & others for self-fertilization.5
Your letter with its elegant drawings & dried flowers is quite a pretty object. The case of the Bourlingtonia is entirely new.6 As for the course of the vessels in the various organs of the flower I dare say your interpretation may be right, & I have little doubt that mine was wrong.7
I am glad to say that I received the other day a proof of your paper on climbing plants, & when I receive copies I will send one for the Bot. Zeitung, another for the American Journ. of Science, another to the Soc. Bot. of Paris & retain one for myself, sending the remainder to you.8
You will receive at about the same time with this note a copy of the new Ed. of the Origin.9 I do not know how much you attend to plants but if it wd be of much service to you, I should be happy to send you the two parts as yet published of “Bentham & Hookers Genera Plantarum”, for I have often thought of buying a second copy for the sake of adding to the sale,—which has been small.10
Have you seen Prof. Claus recent pamphlet on Copepoda in which he treats of their individual variability:11 he speaks most respectfully of your work, but seems to feel some doubt with respect to the two forms of Orchestia.12
With every good wish & sincere respect Pray believe me yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
P.S. I have forgotten to thank you for the beautiful drawing of the Vanilla-like plant.13
Thanks for observations on orchids.
FM’s paper on climbing plants [see 5146]; CD has received proofs.
Carl Claus’s pamphlet on copepods [Die Copepodenfauna von Nizza (1866)].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5196,” accessed on 24 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5196