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To Francis Darwin   25 September [1876]1

Dear F.

I shall not have any Orchid Proofs for a long time, as I have not yet even sent M.S. to Printers.2

Your corrections are very good & very useful3


I send today Chapt. XI., a very short one.—4

Sept 25


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Darwin, 16 September [1876].
Orchids 2d ed. was published in January 1877 (Publishers’ circular, 1 February 1877, p. 93).
In the published version, chapter 11 was twenty-one pages long.


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.

Orchids 2d ed.: The various contrivances by which orchids are fertilised by insects. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877.


FD’s corrections for Orchids [1877] are all very good and useful.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 211: 12
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10617,” accessed on 21 September 2023,

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