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To George Maw   27 April [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Apr 27th

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for your great kindness about the rare Drosophyllum.— The plants have arrived, but in a rather sickly condition: they may, however, recover.2 A strange coincidence has occurred: after writing to you I received a letter from a stranger in Oporto, offering to send me any plants, so I mentioned the Drosophyllum, which he found immediately & sent me a supply; they arrived in a very bad state, but have recovered enough for me to observe.3 The species, however, possesses far less interest than I had confidently expected.

Dr Hooker has been here & tells me that you have sent home a good many plants.4 What an indomitable worker you are in many subjects!

With very sincere thanks for your great kindness | pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Maw, 18 April 1869.
CD refers to William Chester Tait; see letter from W. C. Tait, 26 January 1869, letter to W. C. Tait, 2 February [1869], and letter from W. C. Tait, 2 March 1869. See also letter to George Maw, 13 January 1868.
Joseph Dalton Hooker was the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Thanks GM for specimens of Drosophyllum; by a strange coincidence CD has also received plants from a correspondent in Oporto [W. C. Tait].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Maw
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Source of text
Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6714,” accessed on 27 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17