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To Francis Darwin   5 August [1880]1


Aug 5.—

My dear F.—

Your criticism all excellent.—2

I had remembered Lotus & sent correction to Printers.3 Further on I have given the reference to Sachs & his comparison of movements of plants to those of animals.—4

I have added reference to Stahl; but please remember to tell me, where later numbers of Bot. Zeitung are kept, that I may add page to Stahl.5 I hunted yesterday & could not find any but the old bound volumes— I despatched Ch. IX to you this morning & am now at Ch. X— There are only 12 Chapters— I am very tired so will write no more—

Thank God we can see daylight through the work— I am so sorry that your holidays shd. be spoiled by this accursed work.—

C. D.—

Averrhoa cut all right, but leaflets sometimes sink lower & I have added this.—6


The year is established by the reference to corrections to Movement in plants.
Francis was correcting proof-sheets of Movement in plants.
Lotus is the genus of trefoil or deervetch; several species are discussed in Movement in plants. The printers were William Clowes & Sons.
CD quoted remarks by Julius Sachs on the resemblance between plant and animal movements in Movement in plants, pp. 571–2 n.
CD had received an offprint of an article by Ernst Stahl from Botanische Zeitung (Stahl 1880; see letter from Francis Darwin, [1 August 1880] and n. 2). The article is cited in Movement in plants, p. 446.
A woodcut and diagram of Averrhoa bilimbi (bilimbi or cucumber tree), showing the angular movement of leaves going to sleep, appeared in Movement in plants, pp. 330–1; CD explained in the text that part of the falling movement (from eighty-five to seventy-five degrees) had not been included in order to fit the diagram on to the page (ibid., p. 332).


Movement in plants: The power of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.

Stahl, Ernst. 1880a. Ueber den Einfluss von Richtung und Stärke der Beleuchtung auf einige Bewegungserscheinungen im Pflanzenreiche. Botanische Zeitung 38: 297–304, 321–43, 345–57, 361–8, 377–81, 393–400, 409–13.


Discusses corrections [to Movement in plants]. Has dispatched chapter nine.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
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DAR 211: 66
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ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12679,” accessed on 17 May 2022,