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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Rivers   3 April 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap. 3. 1872

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for yr kind present of the vines, & for all the information which you have been so good as to give me.1 I fear that the experiment will be more difficult than I had expected. I return with many thanks by this post the periodical about the Amygdalus—2 I am glad to hear that your health keeps good, & as your mind is so full of knowledge I dare say you will be able to occupy yourself—

With many thanks | believe me | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter from Thomas Rivers, 29 March 1872. Rivers had sent two vines, together with instructions for grafting one to the other.
CD refers to an article in Revue horticole 44 (1872): 111–12 on the apricot-plum, Prunus simonii (see letter from Thomas Rivers, 29 March 1872). Amygdalus was the genus of peaches and almonds; it is now subsumed within Prunus, which also includes plums, apricots, and cherries. In Linnaean systematics, Prunus was originally restricted to plums and apricots.


Thanks for vines and for all the information given him. Fears experiment will be more difficult than he had expected.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Rivers
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Source of text
John Wilson (dealer) (catalogue 61)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8268,” accessed on 18 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20