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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Asa Gray   19 March [1877]1

Down

March 19th.

My dear Gray

I daresay the enclosed will do for sticking up with the sheets to make the volume complete.— I feel sure that Murray cd not send a hot-pressed copy without breaking up a set—2

We thank you & Mrs. Gray for your kind sympathy.— It was a most dreadful blow, but poor dear Frank sticks to his work like a man, & this is the sole alleviation possible.—3

Yours affectionately | C. Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Asa Gray, 6 March 1877.
In his letter of 6 March 1877, Gray had requested a title page to complete his copy of Orchids 2d ed., which CD had sent him in sheets. This letter of 19 March was found in this copy (see provenance). John Murray was CD’s publisher.
See letter from Asa Gray, 6 March 1877 and n. 4; Gray and his wife, Jane Loring Gray, had just found out about the death of Francis Darwin’s wife, Amy.

Bibliography

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

Summary

Sends an informal title-page [for Orchids, 2d ed.].

Appreciates the condolences for Frank [on death of his wife, Amy].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10901
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Asa Gray
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Houghton Library, Harvard University (tipped into Orchids 2d ed., EC85 D2593 862oba)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10901,” accessed on 9 May 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10901.xml

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