To Charles Alexander Johns 13 August [1868?]1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. [Freshwater]
I am much obliged for your note; but I am sorry to say that I am not botanist sufficient to form a judgment on the specimen which you have sent.2 I do not quite understand whether you suppose that the variety is the result of hybridism or of the present peculiar summer, but in any case I shd think it wd be well worth observing.
The thought had not occurred to me, but I dare say this very hot summer will have a marked effect on some British plants in their struggle for life. I am aware that this is a subject to which you have for many years attended, for I remember quoting from you a statement regarding the number, chiefly I think of leguminous plants, which you were able to cover under the circumference of your hat.3
With my thanks for your kindness in writing to me, I remain Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Johns, C. A.
- Sent from
- Freshwater Down letterhead
- Source of text
- Mitchell Library, Sydney (ML ref.A27 p. 60: CY Reel 2846)
- Physical description
CD not a good enough botanist to form a judgment of specimen. Does not understand whether CAJ supposes the variety to be a result of hybridism or of the present very hot summer, which CD cannot doubt will have an effect on some British plants in their struggle for life.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6312,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6312