To John Scott [after 8 January 1868]1
As you have asked my opinion, on the advantages of removing the C.B.G. to some other site,2 I have no hesitation in expressing a clear answer that numerous & great benefits wd be conferred on science by this step— I have always understood that the present Gardens stand at an extremely low level; & are therefore obviously unfitted for the culture of many plants as the conditions of life cannot fail to be of a [illeg] nature I conceive the chief advantage of a B.G. is to favor the importation & naturalisation of plants. plants foreign to the country where the Garden is established & the exportation of indigenous plants cultivated in the garden to other countries; with this aim as well as for the general scientific & experiment wd be an immense advantage if the Garden were situated near the Himalaya, so that plants requiring different climate, soil & [nutrients] could be observed cultivated & propagated.3
As the garden has now been so [relatively cleared] away seems particularly favourable opportunity for any change., which may be delivered
I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. D.
Supports relocating the Calcutta Botanic Garden to a site near the Himalayas.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5352,” accessed on 3 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5352