To J. P. M. Weale 9 December 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Had I not been lately much over worked I shd have written before to tell you how much I & others have been interested in the result of my trial of the locust-dung.2 No less than 7 grasses have germinated, & are now growing well; they belong to at least 2 kinds, & I hope they will flower.3 The seeds were in the middle of the pellets. Sir C. Lyell was so much interested in the case that he is going to cite it in a new edit. of the Principles.4
You said that some persons believe that weeds are thus introduced, & I shd be much obliged for any information on this head.5 The Linn. Soc. has been so much pressed with papers that the Council is only now sending your paper on Bonatea to press. They want it shortened but I hardly see how this can be done; it wd be a pity if the concluding extraneous remarks shd be left out; but perhaps this will be done; I do not know as yet.6
The Council cd not possibly afford to engrave all the figures but will give one wood-block.7 I am sorry to tell you that 2 authors viz. Dr Hildebrand of Bonn & Delpino in Italy have been attending with great care & have published on the fertilization of the Asclepiadæ.8 I wrote before to thank you & say how valuable to me yr information on expression has been,9 & I shd be very thankful for any further information.
Believe me my dear Sir | with sincere thanks | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
I have had inserted your 2 or 3 corrections into your paper.—10
Has had no less than seven grasses germinate from locust dung sent by JPMW.
JPMW’s paper on Bonatea is being printed by Linnean Society. [See J. P. M. Weale, "Structure and fertilisation of the genus Bonatea", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 10 (1869): 470–6.]
Refers to Lyell’s new edition of Principles [10th ed., 2 vols. (1867–8)].
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Weale, J. P. M.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5714,” accessed on 24 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5714