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Letter 10851

Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa

18 Feb [1877]

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    Praises AG's abstract of Cross and self-fertilisation [Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 13 (1877): 125–41].

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    Hopes soon to finish with dimorphic plants.


Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Feb. 18th

My dear Gray

Your abstract of my book is inimitably good. You have given everything,—you have quite eviscerated it. By Jove I ought to owe you a grudge! In earnest it could not in my opinion be improved.

Very many thanks, also, for the specimens, & for not hating me for bothering you so much. In about a week's time I shall examine them with greatest interest. I shall send my son Frank to Kew on Wednesday to look at specimens of Leucosmia & some of the Polemoniaceæ &c. I long to get this old work off my hands & so shall publish too soon to profit by sowing seeds of Gilia.—

I did despatch Title &c of Orchis book, but have now written to Murray to send you by post complete copy.

Some of your criticisms & suggestions in your two reviews are very good.

Ever yours gratefully | Ch. Darwin

In Cross-Fertilisation

Pray correct a dreadful erratum

p. 275, 6 lines from top

for self-fertilised plants

read crossed plants.

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