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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Asa Gray   11 March [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 11th

My dear Gray

It is really astonishing that Agassiz shd. use such an argument as that of the Trees. I have sent the memorandum to Nature; but I believe that they receive so many articles that they can find room for only a small portion of them.2

I worked last summer hard at Drosera, but could not finish till I got fresh plants, & consequently took up the effect of crossing & self-fertilising plants & am got so interested that Drosera must go to the dogs till I finish with this & get it published; but then I will resume my beloved Drosera & I heartily apologise for having sent the precious little things even for a moment to the dogs.3

I hope you are well & hearty & I do not doubt are working like a Trojan. My wife takes me on Friday as an abject prisoner to London for a month & I do hate stopping work.—4

I am just like the retired tallow-chandler5

Ever yours | Ch. Darwin

Many thanks for the Dubuque Address, which I received before, & read with the greatest interest.6


Astonished by Agassiz’s argument; has sent AG’s memorandum to Nature [see 8786].

Is working on cross- and self-fertilising plants and has temporarily stopped work on Drosera.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Source of text
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (106)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8806,” accessed on 25 September 2017,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21