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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   24 October [1876]1

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

Oct 24th

My dear Sir

Pray thank Prof. Reichenbach for his great kindness.—2 I am sorry that you & he have had the trouble; for a plant at Kew was afterwards discovered in flower & was sent to me, so that I was able to examine well the doubtful point—

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 1 September 1876. The unidentified recipient had probably tried to obtain an orchid specimen for CD (see n. 2, below).
Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach was director of the botanical gardens at Hamburg and an expert on orchids.


Asks his correspondent to thank Prof. Reichenbach for his kindness. A plant was discovered in flower at Kew, and he was able to examine the doubtful point.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
RR Auction (dealers) (June 2006)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10221F,” accessed on 16 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24