To F. P. Cobbe 20 August 1
Bassett | Southampton
My dear Miss Cobbe
My wife is rather poorly & so I write for her.2 We are both quite delighted with your admirable & most just article. You editors have more power with your strong right arms than the Knights of old, in righting the oppressed.— Will you be so kind as to put my name down for 1£, or—(whichever you think best) my name for 10s & my wife for 10s.3
(Charles Darwin of Down Beckenham Kent)
You & Miss Lloyd4 need not have your faith in inheritance shaken, with respect to Tropæolum, until you have prevented for 6 or 7 generations any crossing between the vars in same garden. I have lately proved that every shade of colour is transmitted by the most fluctuating garden var. if the flowers are carefully self-fertilised during 6 or 7 generations.—5
Thank you for telling me about the articles in Fraser, of which I should not probably have heard.6
Pray give my very kind compliments to Miss Lloyd: I hope the dear old white cob in Wales is well.—7 Pray believe me Yours very sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
I forgot to say that I wrote as J.P: for Kent to Home Secretary, calling his attention to Holder’s case.—8
CD writes for Emma, who is ill.
Delighted with FPC’s "most just" article [in Echo?]. Sends £1 subscription.
Thanks for telling CD about the Fraser’s Magazine article [F. W. Farrar, "Hereditary genius (by F. Galton)", n.s. 2 (1870): 251–65].
CD wrote as Justice of Peace for Kent to the Home Secretary about Holder’s case.
Tropaeolum transmits every shade of colour if self-fertilised for six or seven generations.
- experiment, scientific observation
- fertility and/or sterility
- mind, cognitive behaviour
- number, increase and decrease
- physical ‘external’ characters
- transmission, ‘taking after’
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7306,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7306