To T. H. Farrer 21 June 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Mr Farrer
Many thanks. I shd. be an ungrateful dog if I were tired of Orchids, as I owe to them much enjoyment. Nevertheless I confess to an intense hatred for the Bee, Orchid for its anomalous perpetual self-fertilisation.—2
I was aware of wild Ducks sometimes breeding in Trees, as do some other species; but was not at all aware that it was due to compulsion.—3
I have not been well of late, & we are going for a week to London for chance of its doing me good.—4 A little later in summer, I hope that you will able to run down here for a day or two, & I will write again for the chance—5
Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Confesses to intense hatred of the bee [orchid] for its anomalous perpetual self-fertilisation.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7828,” accessed on 7 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7828