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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   8 August [1876]1

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

Aug. 8th

Dear Dyer

Very many thanks for all your kindness about the Orchids.—2 I received the enclosed this morning; they look pretty & curious & I thought you might like to see them & then throw away.—3

Your article in last Nature seemed to me a capital one.—4

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 3 August 1876.
See letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 3 August 1876 and n. 1. Thiselton-Dyer evidently sent some of the orchids CD had requested, but there is no entry in the ‘Outwards book’ (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) to indicate what was sent.
The specimen sent by CD has not been identified.
Thiselton-Dyer’s article ‘On the classification of the vegetable kingdom’ was published in Nature, 3 August 1876, pp. 293–5.


Thanks for WTT-D’s kindness about the orchids.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Sent from
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 43)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10573,” accessed on 29 September 2023,

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