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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. H. Gilbert   11 August 1875

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

Aug 11

Dear Sir

I thank you for your note of July 4th and I apologise for having kept the valuable tables so long, but I was very busy on another subject till lately.1 I remember the first paper which you & Mr Lawes were so kind as to send me, but I never saw the second one.2 The results seem to me extremely curious, and I am astonished at the immense amount of conscientious work which they must have cost you. I have registered the letter so that there may be no chance of the Tables being lost, and with my thanks I remain dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S I hope I may be permitted to add that I have just finished reading with great interest the memoirs of Mrs Gilbert3


See letter from J. H. Gilbert, 24 July 1875. CD wrote ‘July 4th’ in error. Gilbert had sent CD tables of results from botanical experiments conducted at Rothamsted Agricultural Station.
See letter from J. H. Gilbert, 24 July 1875 and n. 3. Gilbert and John Bennet Lawes had sent CD two papers on experiments at Rothamsted using different manures on meadowland (Lawes and Gilbert 1859, and Lawes and Gilbert 1863). CD cited Lawes and Gilbert 1863 in Cross and self fertilisation, p. 448.
The autobiography of Gilbert’s mother, Ann (A. Gilbert 1874), had been posthumously published. CD’s copy has not been found.


Gilbert, Ann. 1874. Autobiography and other memorials of Mrs Gilbert, (formerly Ann Taylor). Edited by Josiah Gilbert. 2 vols. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co.


Apologises for keeping the tables so long [see 10090]. The results seem extremely curious.

Comments on paper by JHG and J. B. Lawes.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Henry Gilbert
Sent from
Source of text
Rothamsted Research (GIL13)
Physical description
LS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10115,” accessed on 24 September 2023,

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