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
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.
- 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
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6312,” accessed on 21 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6312