To Federico Delpino 22 November 1871
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Nov 22 1871
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your very kind note & for the three copies of your Essays; one of which I have sent to the Linnean Soc., & one to the Editor of “Nature”, as this is the most likely periodical to review it.1 Unfortunately very few of our scientific men read Italian, & as you know, this is my case; but I will ask my wife to translate some portions, as I am sure the whole wd interest me greatly.2 If you have a spare copy I wd suggest your sending one to “G. Bentham Esq F.R.S 25 Wilton Place London,” as he knows Italian, & is interested in such researches as yours.3
My health has been very poor all this summer, & I doubt whether I shall ever have strength to publish on Variability under a State of Nature.4 Next summer or autumn I hope to publish a long Essay, the result of 5 or 6 years work, on the comparative growth, vigour & fertility of crossed & self-fertilised plants during several successive generations.5 I hope & expect that these results will interest you, & a very few others, for they will have no interest for the general public.—
I have been very glad to notice that the knowledge of your excellent researches is spreading in Germany & in N. America.6
With sincere respect | I remain my dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Pray oblige me by sending me your Photograph, & I enclose one of my own in case you wd. like to possess it.
Will send FD’s work [Studi sopra un lignaggio anemofilo delle composte (1871)] to Nature for review.
CD’s health has been poor all summer – he doubts that he will ever "have the strength to publish on Variability under a state of Nature".
Hopes to publish on cross- and self-fertilisation next summer.
Encloses his photo and asks for FD’s.