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From Federico Delpino1   19 May 1876

Genova

19 Maggio 1876

Celeberrimo uomo!

Io La ringrazio delle cortesi espressioni contenute nell’ultima sua lettera; lettera che mi è carissima, perchè forma uno di più dei preziosi autografi, che io conservo con tanta cura.2

La prego di aggradire un esemplare di un mio breve lavoro “dicogamia e omogamia”.3 Questo scritto non è che un commento all’aforisma da Lei pronunziato “no hermaphrodite fertilises itself for a perpetuity of generations”.4

Le do la notizia che io sono stato testè nominato professore di botanica nell’Università di Genova. Si prevalga di questo mio nuovo indirizzo, se mi vuol onorare dei suoi comandi. Forse potrò esserle di qualche utilità nella mia condizione di Direttore dell’orto botanico di Genova. S’intende che io metto a disposizione di Lei tutto ciò che vi fiorisce e fruttifica.

E augurandole ogni bene, mi riconfermo | Suo ossequentissimo discepolo | Federico Delpino

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Appendix I.
There is a copy of ‘Dicogamia ed omogamia nelle piante’ (Dichogamy and homogamy in plants; Delpino 1876) in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
CD made this statement in Orchids, p. 1, but he had earlier stated in Origin, p. 101, that self-fertilisation could not go on in perpetuity.

Bibliography

Delpino, Federico. 1876. Dicogamia ed omogamia nelle piante. Nuovo Giornale Botanico Italiano 8: 140–61.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Translation

From Federico Delpino1   19 May 1876

Genoa

19 May 1876

Most distinguished Man!

I thank you for the courteous words in your most recent letter, a letter that is most dear to me for it is one of the most precious among the autographs I preserve with the greatest care.2

I beg you to accept a copy of a little work of mine, “dicogamia e omogamia”.3 This text is just a footnote to the aphorism uttered by you, that “no hermaphrodite fertilises itself for a perpetuity of generations”.4

I bring you the news that I have just been nominated professor of botany at the University of Genoa. Please avail yourself of this new address, whenever you wish to honour me with your requests. Perhaps I could be of some use to you in my new position as director of the botanical garden of Genoa. Of course I put at your disposal everything that flowers and bears fruit in it.

Wishing you all the best, I remain | Your most faithful disciple | Federico Delpino

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original Italian, see p. 167.
There is a copy of ‘Dicogamia ed omogamia nelle piante’ (Dichogamy and homogamy in plants; Delpino 1876) in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
CD made this statement in Orchids, p. 1, but he had earlier stated in Origin, p. 101, that self-fertilisation could not go on in perpetuity.

Bibliography

Delpino, Federico. 1876. Dicogamia ed omogamia nelle piante. Nuovo Giornale Botanico Italiano 8: 140–61.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Summary

Has become Professor of Botany at Genoa.

Offers to send his paper on the necessity of out-crossing.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10510
From
Federico Delpino
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Genoa
Source of text
DAR 162: 155
Physical description
1p (Italian)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10510,” accessed on 24 February 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10510.xml

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

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