To Fritz Müller 15 August 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I have just received the seeds of the Adenanthera for a necklace, & it has been very kind of you to remember my little wish.2 Mr. D. Hanbury says you have given him valuable information & specimens.3 I know him very little, but Dr. Hooker thinks highly of him.—4
I know very well that I am quite unreasonable in making so many requests & asking so many questions; but there is one point, about which I am very curious & possibly you might obtain information for me.— Some American monkeys cry a little (Rengger & Humbolldt):5 now when they cry from grief or pain, do they wrinkle up & close their eyes like a Baby always does when screaming & crying? When they cry, especially whilst young, do they scream & make loud noise?
It is possible that monkeys may be kept tame in S. Brazil. & you could ascertain this.—
I have lately received an admirable letter from your Brother on the fertilisation of Orchids: he describes, writes English & draws almost as well as you!6
Borreria-seed are come up—7 Plumbago, Cordia, the tall Lobelia & Gesneria all growing well.8 Most of other seeds have failed. The Oxalis from the bulbs, flowered, but all utterly sterile, so I could make nothing out about them.9 After I have experimented with these plants Dr. Hooker wants them for Kew.—10
Forgive me for being so very troublesome & believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I have written to India to try & find out how Adenanthera is disseminated.—11
Queries about expressions in crying monkeys.
Has received letter from Hermann Müller on orchid fertilisation.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5605,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5605