skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To M. J. Berkeley   11 April [1855]

Down Farnborough Kent

April 11.

My dear Sir

I am extremely much obliged to you for your most kind present of the extremely curious Peas, which are quite a treasure to me.1 All the kinds are new except the Q. of the Dwarfs.—2 It seems wonderful that the seed-raisers in France can keep the “Pois geant sans parchemin” true,3 but I suppose they do succeed by raising bodies together. If by any chance you happen to know on this head I shd. very much like to know but I am ashamed to ask you to take so much trouble: & if, as is probable, you know nothing I shall understand it so by not hearing.

I felt that it was a mere chance whether you had Gærtner’s facts so distinctly in your head as to give me your opinion. And indeed I ought not to have troubled you with so long a letter; but it is a great temptation to write about what one is much interested on.—

With my very sincere thanks | Believe me | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin


See letter to M. J. Berkeley, 7 April [1855].
CD described the varieties of peas used in his crossing experiments and his results in Variation 1: 326–30.
One of the varieties of peas described by Berkeley in Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 25, 24 June 1854, p. 404 n. See letter to M. J. Berkeley, 7 April [1855].


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Thanks MJB for peas.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Miles Joseph Berkeley
Sent from
Source of text
Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/42)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1665,” accessed on 23 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5