To T. H. Farrer 19 September 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Farrer
Many thanks for your kind & pleasant note & for your preliminary remarks.2
When I came to consider the size of the paper as it now stands I felt convinced that it wd be too long for the Gard. Chron—& therefore I will send it off to the Annals & Mag. of Nat. Hist. with a note advising the editors to publish it.3
Of course the publication will depend on their amount of space & the interest which they may feel on the subject. If they cannot publish it, & I feel nearly surely they wd be glad to do so, I will ask them to return it to me; & thro’ me to you—
This Journal is published monthly & your paper could hardly appear until Nov 1. If published I will inform you. Your observations on Lobelia are quite correct & interesting. I remember surprizing Hooker many years ago with the case—4 Sprengel has published on Lobelia5
The best book for you is a small one of 90 pages entitled
Die Geschlechter-Vertheilung bei den Pflanzen—
I suspect that C. K. Sprengels Das Entdeckte Geheimniss 1793. is rare—but it is an excellent book.7 I hope your observations may be published as they well deserve to be. Had they been quite new I wd have sent them to the Linn. Society.
Believe me dear Mr Farrer | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. As the length of your paper might possibly interfere with its publication I will tell the editors that they may omit the preliminary remarks about me if they so wish
Will send THF’s paper [on scarlet runners] to Annals and Magazine of Natural History with a note recommending publication [see 6384].
Suggests books on Lobelia.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6379,” accessed on 6 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6379