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To Francis Darwin   [c. 20 March 1877]1


Ask Hooker to mollify Oliver (or whoever you have to apply to) & say I ask only for what I wd. give my life’s blood for.—2


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 March [1877]. The year is confirmed by an early archivist’s note on the letter.
CD refers to a now missing letter he wrote to Daniel Oliver, asking him to hunt through species of Oxalis for cleistogamic flowers or trimorphic species. In his letter of 19 March 1877, Joseph Dalton Hooker wrote that Oliver thought it would be a long job but that he would be glad to aid Francis if CD sent him to Kew. CD replied that it was not worth Francis’s giving up two days (letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 March [1877]).


Asks FD to mollify Daniel Oliver and assure him that CD asks "only for what I wd. give my life’s blood for".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 211: 19
Physical description
AL inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10752,” accessed on 26 September 2023,