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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-733

To J. D. Hooker   [27 January 1844]1

Down. Bromley Kent

Saturday night.

My dear Sir

I hope you will excuse me troubling you again, I have heard through a friend2 from Ehrenberg, that he wants some earth from the Galapagos to hunt for Infusoria,3 & he suggests that perhaps a little may hang to the roots,—I fear not, but would you kindly look, & if you can shake any off, send it me.— Ehrenberg further is anxious for any earth or more especially peat from T. del. Fuego or the Falkland Islands.— I had specimens of peat, showing the process of its formation, by plants like Astelia &c &c, I do not know whether they were sent to you— I fear they are probably lost,—but I daresay a little peaty earth could be shaken off some of the little peat-loving plants of T. del. Fuego.—

I know you will not grudge some little trouble for so great a naturalist as Ehrenberg.

Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
Dated from the letter to Ernst Dieffenbach, 25 January 1844, and on the assumption that CD would have written to Hooker immediately.
2
Ernst Dieffenbach.
3
Eventually described in Ehrenberg 1853.

Summary

C. G. Ehrenberg would like some earth from Galapagos, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falklands; wishes to hunt for Infusoria.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-733
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 4
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 733,” accessed on 31 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-733

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