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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Daniel Oliver   17 November 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov 17. 1871

Dear Professor Oliver

You have been very kind to take so much trouble for me; the information is amply sufficient, as I wished to learn how far the roots cd act on rocks, not caring about the nutrition of the plants.1

Yours truly obliged | Ch Darwin

Footnotes

CD had asked Oliver whether it was believed that rootlets secreted carbonic acid or similar chemicals (letter to Daniel Oliver, 15 November 1871). Oliver’s reply has not been found.

Summary

Thanks for the information about the action of roots on rocks.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8074F
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Daniel Oliver
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Christie’s, New York (dealers) (3 December 2010: Sale 2361, Lot 422)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8074F,” accessed on 17 January 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8074F

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19

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