To Mary Treat 12 August 1873
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [Bassett, Southampton.]
Aug. 12. 1873
I am very much obliged to you for having so kindly sent me an account of Drosera filiformis.1
Your statements will be very useful to me in my short account of this species. I am familiar with what you state about D. longifolia & rotundifolia.2
I have just lately been working hard for the last 2 months on the latter species; & before long shall draw up an account of their digestive powers & action under various stimulants.3 If I were in your place I should be afraid to publish the statement about the Drosera bending towards flies or meat which they did not touch; unless I had tried the experiment many times, under the most rigorous precautions; for I am convinced that no botanist wd believe the statement unless all the precautions taken were described in detail.
With my best thanks, I remain dear Madam | yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin
Whenever my little book is published I will do myself the pleasure to send you a copy; it will be on the genera Drosera, Dionæa & Drosophyllum with a republication of my paper on Climbing Plants.4
Thanks MT for information on Drosera filiformis [see 8989].
Warns her against publishing statement about Drosera bending towards flies or meat that they have not touched.
Will send his book [Insectivorous plants] when published.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9005B,” accessed on 31 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9005B