To C. G. Ehrenberg 25 March 
Down Bromley Kent
Dear & highly Honoured Sir
I received your kind letter two days ago, & beg to thank you sincerely for the information contained in it.—1 Herewith I send a copy of my little paper on the Atlantic Dust,2 (published in the Geolog. Journal) & which I would have sent ere this, had I supposed you would have cared to see it.—
I have asked the Hydrographer to the Admiralty (Capt. Beaufort) to call the attention of Officers to the dust & to collect specimens of it.
I have no specimens myself of grasses from Ascension, but I have written to Dr Hooker & I well know he will proud to send you specimens if he has them: I doubt, however, whether he has yet named his grasses.
Sometime ago I sent you some specimens (through the Chev. Bunsen3 ) of rocks of the Secondary period from the Cordillera; shd you have examined them I shd esteem it a great favour to know the result.—
I regret much to hear of the long illness in your family: being a married man myself, I can appreciate your distress.
Pray believe me, dear Sir, with much respect. | Yours faithfully & obliged | C. Darwin
P.S. | I have received the Ascension plants from Dr J. D. Hooker for you.—4 I enclose his note, as you might like to see the scanty list of really indigenous Phaneragam: plants.— You will observe there is only one certainly indigenous grass, or at most two.— Many plants have been of late introduced there.—
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Ehrenberg, C. G.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
- Physical description
Sends copy [of "Fine dust in the Atlantic Ocean", Collected papers 1: 199–202]. Attempting to obtain further samples for CGE.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 965,” accessed on 30 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-965