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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. E. Darwin   [25 August 1873]1


Monday | 9. AM

Dear Father,

The Pantry Mimosa looks pretty well today, the leaflets that were in water have a slightly untidy curled look, but they are not discoloured, they still close rather slower than the rest of the plant.

Next week when they are quite recovered I will put them in pantry again.2

The other in glass continues well & opens under water without discoloration.

I took the leaflets out of the water just now, they are quite torpid to the touch. They seemed but little wetted above or underneath. I have immersed them again.

The berries are not more sunk, but the water is now about as dingy looking as what you saw in case of the other berries.3

I am off to Mr [Youngs]4 today, | Your affect son | W E D

CD annotations

0.2 9.] afterAugt, 25th.added pencil
Top of letter: ‘Mimosa in Pantry’


The month and day are established by CD’s annotation and the year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. E. Darwin, [22 August 1873].
Mr Young has not been identified.


Experiments on Mimosa; effects of immersion.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 162: 107
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9025,” accessed on 20 July 2019,

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