ED writes on behalf of her husband, who is ill, to thank FH for his letter
and to thank [L. C.] Treviranus for his paper on orchids.
CD wishes to know whether Orchis pyramidalis grows in FH's neighbourhood. He needs a fresh specimen to compare the stigma with those grown locally.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My husband wishes me to write & thank you for your very kind letter &
to say that he is so unwell as to be unable to write or attend to any scientific
subject. He desires also to send his respectful
remembrances to Professor Treviranus & to thank him for the paper on Orchids he
so kindly sent & to say how much he w
Mr Darwin wishes to ask if Orchis Pyramydalis grows in your neighbourhood he
With Mr Darwin's kind regards I am | Sir yours very truly | Emma Darwin
- f1 4343f.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 10 November 1863.
- f2 4343f.f2See letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 10 November 1863.
- f3 4343f.f3The references are to Ludolph Christian Treviranus and to Treviranus 1863c, which was published in the 7 August 1863 number of Botanische Zeitung. There is a lightly annotated copy of Treviranus 1863c in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL, and a manuscript translation in DAR 70: 38--52. The most recent extant correspondence between CD and Treviranus is the letter from L. C. Treviranus, 12 February 1863, in which he mentioned sending Treviranus 1863a. See also letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 16 July 1863.
- f4 4343f.f4In Treviranus 1863c, p. 243, Treviranus discussed what he thought were two errors in CD's diagram of Orchis pyramidalis (Orchids, p. 22). CD wrote in `Fertilization of orchids', p. 141 (Collected Papers, 2: 139), that Treviranus confirmed his `observations on this remarkable species', but differed from him in `one or two minor points'. See also Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 21 June 1864, and letter to Friedrich Hildebrand, 25 June .