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Darwin Correspondence Project

To M. T. Masters   7 August [1874]1

Bassett | Southampton.

Aug. 7th

My dear Sir

I am glad the Hop interests you. 〈I〉 just glanced at the female flowers but saw no stigmas! 〈The〉re were numerous almost loose small angular bodies, which I did not look at with a high power, but imagined might be ovules. These wd. be worth your attention.2

I shall be proud to appear in an engraving in the Gardeners’ Chronicle, whenever you may think fit.3

My dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

I have come here for 3 weeks for complete rest.—4


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from M. T. Masters, 6 August 1874.
Leyson Lewis had sent CD a specimen of a monoecious hop (see letter from Leyson Lewis, [before 6 August 1874] and n. 2).
See letter from M. T. Masters, 6 August 1874; the portrait appeared with an article by Masters in Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 March 1875, pp. 308–9.
CD stayed with his son William Erasmus Darwin, at Southampton, from 30 July to 24 August 1874 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Discusses flower structures of the hop.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Maxwell Tylden Masters
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (447)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9593,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22