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DCP-LETT-965

To C. G. Ehrenberg   25 March [1846]

Down Bromley Kent

March 25th

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.—

Footnotes

1
Letter from C. G. Ehrenberg, 11 March 1846.
2
Collected papers 1: 199–203.
3
Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen.
4
Presumably CD kept this letter open until he received the specimens from Joseph Dalton Hooker, sometime after 25 March (see letter from Hooker, [25 March 1846]). The specimens were sent to Ehrenberg by 10 April, see letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 April [1846].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-965
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Ehrenberg, C. G.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Physical description
4pp

Summary

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 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-965

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