To the Linnean Society 22 February 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I send by this post a paper which has been sent to me by a gentleman at the Cape of Good Hope with the request that I would communicate it, if I thought fit, to the Linn. Soc.2 On a subject on which I feel so much interest I do not feel capable of judging whether it is worthy of being read & published by the Society. The paper describes a new species of that extraordinary genus Bonatea, & gives some new & curious details on its fertilization; but the paper is too diffuse & perhaps gives too many extraneous remarks. It will be difficult for the referee, should the paper be read & published, to determine what illustrations shd be added;3 but perhaps the Council may think that enough or too much has already been published on the fertilzation of Orchids.4
My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Sends J. P. M. Weale’s paper on Bonatea for consideration by Linnean Society [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6].