From Alice Bonham-Carter to Emma Darwin 25 January 1
Ravensbourne, | Beckenham, Kent.
Dear Mrs Darwin—
I enclose two sentences with my translation of them by Henrietta’s desire, she having sent them to me this morning,—& perhaps you may find something of news in her letter2
We are much obliged for the loan of yours & Bessies, & Elinor will send them tomorrow—if not tonight3 She is just back from her campaign in search of her Committee, & has many letters to write tonight I have been to see the Smedley party—& on Thursday I go to Cumberland Pl. to see Julia before her departure to Hitchin—4 I have got the “Climbing Plants” back from Roberts & will bring it over.5
It is only with (on) these premisses that we could account satisfactorily for the true morphological significance of the floral organs of the Merantaceæ in spite of the extreme perturbation to which they were exposed6
This edge (lip) embraces the anther of the upper stamen (filament) which remains thus held subtended (stretched) towards the lower part, in a forced position—7
Hoping that Bessie got home quite comfortably
Believe me | yrs afftly | Alice B C.
Sends a translation of two sentences [on floral structure] as requested by Henrietta Darwin.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6576,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6576