To Edouard Bornet 1 December 1866
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Dec 1st. 1866
Absence from home has prevented me from sooner thanking you most sincerely for your very great kindness in sending me the seeds of Papaver with the sketches & for your obliging letter.1 I have long wished to see some of these closely allied sub-species, & I hope to make some experiments in crossing them.2
The subject seems to me extremely curious, & is closely parallel with Brehm’s observations on the sub-species of several European birds.3 I am much obliged for your permission to make use of the abstract of your very interesting experiments on hybrid Cisti:4 at present I am not writing on hybridism, but incidentally I much wish to allude to one of your observations. I hope that you will soon publish your experiments in full detail.5 I beg that you will present my most respectful compliments to M. Thuret; I feel that his message to me is a great honour, for during many years I have much admired his admirable observations on Algæ.6
Pray accept my thanks & with sincere respect believe me, dear Sir, | yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin
P.S. I do not know whether you feel any interest with respect to Climbing Plants, but I venture to send you by this post a paper on this subject, the last which I have published.7
Thanks JBEB for Papaver seeds. Has long wished to see some of the closely allied subspecies and hopes to make some crossing experiments with them.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bornet, J. B. E.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Département Systématique & Evolution; Cryptogamie, Ms 501 fol. 387)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5292,” accessed on 31 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5292