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From Lawson Tait   11 October 1875

7, Great Charles St. | Birmingham.

Oct 11 1875

My Dear Sir,

I have a short paper in hand on “The glandular structure and its function in pitcher plants”

Would you favour me by presenting it to the Royal Society for me?1 I would ask Dr. Hooker,2 but I do not know him. I am going over the question of the digestion principle but am far from being settled about it. Its presence is essential, but the presence of the acid is far more important.

Yours faithfully, | Lawson Tait

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘(Please return)’ red crayon


Tait’s paper was not published by the Royal Society of London. CD returned it to Tait after it was rejected (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to Lawson Tait, 24 April 1876). Tait later published two papers, possibly using some of the material from the paper he had sent to CD (see letter from Lawson Tait, 16 June [1875] and n. 5).
Joseph Dalton Hooker.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Wishes CD to present RLT’s paper on insectivorous plants to the Royal Society.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 178: 19
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10190,” accessed on 3 March 2021,

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