To Asa Gray 11 March 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8806,” accessed on 2 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8806