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To T. M. Reade   12 October [1877]1

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

Oct. 12

My dear Sir

I am very glad to hear of your work.—2 As at present every minute of my time is occupied with observations on vegetable physiology I will not accept the very kind offer of your M.S, but whenever it is published I shall read it with great interest3

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the references to Reade’s paper in this letter and in the letter to G. H. Darwin, 24 November [1877].
Reade was writing a paper titled ‘The age of the world as viewed by the geologist and the mathematician’; it was published in February 1878 (see letter to G. H. Darwin, 24 November [1877] and n. 5).
CD recorded that he worked on movement of plants and heliotropism during the second half of 1877 (‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


CD is occupied with vegetable physiology.

Prefers to read MS when published.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Mellard Reade
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Source of text
University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.3)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11180,” accessed on 21 January 2022,