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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Asa Gray   27 September 1877

Cambridge, Mass.

Sept. 27. 1877

My Dear Darwin

Returning from our 1012 weeks of travel—which has been every way prospered and pleasant—I find your book. I can now barely thank you for it, and for the great compliment of the dedication. I must not open it till Hooker leaves me—a week hence—the work we have to do before we part being so great and pressing   Then I shall turn to it, with enjoyment, and as soon as I can find time, I must notice or review it.1

Hooker sends his love— is very glad Cohn has taken up your son’s experiments on Dipsacus.—which reminds me to send my best thanks to him for the copy addressed to me.2 For perusal—even for a glance that too must wait till we have worked up the collections & observations we have made in our journey to the Pacific3

Let me add—being sure of your sympathy—that our poor dog, Max, peacefully breathed his last to-day, after a happy life of 12 or 13 years. We are glad he lived till we returned, & greeted us with his absorbing and touching affection. In a few days came suddenly a partial paralysis—some convulsions—and then a quiet and seemingly painless ending.

He is immortalized in your book on Expression, and will live in the memory of his attached master and mistress.4

Yours ever | Asa Gray


Has received CD’s book [Forms of flowers]; thanks him for the compliment of the dedication.

Letter details

Letter no.
Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Cambridge, Mass.
Source of text
DAR 165: 198
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11155,” accessed on 20 November 2019,