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From Henry Edwards   26 December 1875

California Theatre, San Francisco.

Dec 26. 1875

Dear Sir—

I venture to send you by to-days post a paper on our singular pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) which I read a few evenings since before our Academy of Sciences.1 Accompanying it are some well dried specimens of the plant itself, both leaves & flowers, & an admirably colored photograph of a group of Darlingtonia, which I trust may prove of some interest to you. The latter will at any rate give you a good idea of the perfection to which Photography has been brought in San Francisco.2 I must ask you to excuse the few typographical errors in the text, which I had no opportunity to correct until too late. In my entomological studies, I have long sought for the chance to observe the species captured by Darlingtonia, & you will I am sure think that I have been tolerably successful. If you think you could cultivate the plant, I shall be very happy to forward living specimens to you in the spring, though I know that it has been in cultivation in England, & probably Dr Hooker has it growing in abundance.3 It would be interesting to know if in its new home, the habit of entrapping insects is continued, & to the same extent as in its own habitat—

I take this opportunity of saying, that if you have no other & better correspondent on this coast, I shall always be happy to place myself at your disposal, & to aid as far as my ability will allow me, any investigations you may wish to make—

Believe me, Dear Sir, | Your faithful Servant | Hy. Edwards—

Chas. Darwin. Esqr. F.R.S. | &c. &c.


A copy of Edwards’s paper (Edwards 1875) is in DAR 86: B26. Edwards had read it at a meeting of the California Academy of Sciences on 6 September 1875.
The photograph has not been found.
Joseph Dalton Hooker was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Sends his paper on an American pitcher-plant [Darlingtonia californica].

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Edwards
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
San Francisco
Source of text
DAR 163: 3
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10328,” accessed on 9 April 2020,

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