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DCP-LETT-6909

From George Henslow   25 September 1869

St John’s Parsonage | St John’s Wood

Sep 25 /69

Dear Mr Darwin.

Many thanks for the pamphlet sent, & duly received—on additions to fertility of Orchids;1 & which has interested me much. I must apologize for not having returned a paper on Phyllotaxis. I cannot understand part of it at all; viz: about the “rectangle” & the letters to the fig I found are wrong in some places.2 Though the rest of the paper is interesting.

I beg to send you a copy of my Expression on same subject.3

Hoping you are in good health | believe me | yrs very truly | Geo Henslow

Ch Darwin Esq

Footnotes

1
The reference is to ‘Fertilization of orchids’.
2
Henslow refers to C. de Candolle 1865. See C. de Candolle 1865, p. 208, for the ‘rectangle’ and p. 205 for the figure. CD’s annotated copy, a separately paginated offprint, is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. For CD’s own interest in phyllotaxy, see Correspondence vol. 11.
3
Henslow had presented a paper on phyllotaxy at the Linnean Society in April 1868 (Henslow 1868). See also Correspondence vol. 16, letter from George Henslow, 13 April 1868.

Summary

Thanks for a paper on phyllotaxy.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6909
From
Henslow, George
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
St John’s Wood
Source of text
DAR 166: 169
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6909,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6909

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