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From Lawson Tait   19 July [1875]1

7, Great Charles St. | Birmingham.

July 19

My Dear Sir,

I have succeeded in separating the ferment of the Nepenthe secretion.2

I think the enclosed note may interest you; and if you think it worth publishing will you kindly forward it to “Nature” as Mr. Lockyer has asked me for something on the subject.3

Please don’t trouble to acknowledge it if it is satisfactory.

Yours faithfully, | Lawson Tait


The year is established by the reference to Tate’s note in Nature (see n. 3, below).
On Tait’s work on the tropical pitcher-plant, Nepenthes, see the letter from Lawson Tait, 15 July [1875] and n. 5.
Tait’s note on insectivorous plants was published in Nature, 29 July 1875, pp. 251–2. Joseph Norman Lockyer was the editor of Nature.


Sends a note on the ferment of the Nepenthes secretion, which he asks CD to forward to Nature if he thinks it worth while [see "Insectivorous plants", Nature 12 (1875): 251–2].

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Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 178: 15
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10078,” accessed on 28 February 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23