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To Edward Frankland   4 January [1879]

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

Jan. 4th

My dear Dr Frankland

About a month ago you were so very kind as to say that you would give us a Bottle of pure water to proceed with our experiment on the exudation of alkaline matter from leaves on growing plants.— You said that the water wd. be sent in about a week’s time, & now a horrid fear has seized me that perhaps the water has been despatched & stolen under the impression that the Bottle contained Spirits.— I hope that they may merely have been forgotten or delayed—1

Forgive me for troubling you on this to me important matter & believe me | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See Correspondence vol. 26, letter to Edward Frankland, 2 December [1878]; see also ibid., letter to Francis Darwin, [22 November 1878]. Evidently the water arrived or was re-sent; see letter to Edward Frankland, 8 February 1879. Neither Francis nor CD published on this subject.


Fears that the promised bottle of pure water may have been despatched or stolen in passage. [See 11768a.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Frankland
Sent from
Source of text
The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester (Frankland Collection)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11820A,” accessed on 13 September 2023,