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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Asa Gray   9 August 1876

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

Augt. 9th/76

My dear Gray

I have just received “Darwiniana” & am much obliged for it.1 I am uncommonly glad that you have been urged to take this step, not only on my own account, but for the public good; for every one of your articles seemed to me excellent. I will soon read the whole, but I shall not be able to resist reading the two new articles first.2

I see by Table of contents that you discuss one subject, viz the meaning of sex on which I have entered in a new book now gone to Press—“The effects of cross & self-fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom”.3 This will complete all that I shall ever do on this subject. I am, however, preparing a new Edit. of my Orchid book, & this has led me to reread several of your short notices on this subject.4 But there has been so much published, that I have been able only to give the briefest abstract with references of what has been done. As it is I have had to cut up the book immensely. Of course both these books will be sent you when they are published.5 I suppose that you are working away as hard as ever. I think the older one gets the more there is to do.

Pray give our kindest remembrances to Mrs Gray.6 | Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Did you have time to glance at my son’s Frank’s paper on Stipa: he makes out nicely that the twisting depends on the twisting of each separate cell.7 He has now made a fine discovery, but it is too long a story.8


AG’s Darwiniana [1876].

Cross and self-fertilisation has now gone to press.

Is preparing new edition of Orchids.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Source of text
Archives of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (112)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10575,” accessed on 16 December 2019,

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