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From Henry Coe   6 October 1858

Asylum— Knowle. | Nr. Fareham, Hants.

6th. Octr. 1858—


With much pleasure I herewith forward samples of the twelve sorts of Beans1 You will find them to be a very extraordinary mixture.

In addition, I have enclosed a few dwarfs distinctly marked with the Scarlet Runners.—

I think there can be no doubt of the crossing

I have also enclosed a pod of the Haricot, in it you will find three Beans, one of a dark colour the others quite light—

How is this difference to be accounted for?—

The Beans have not been taken out of the Pod, but it remains as it was when gathered.

The subject is indeed a curious one, and I shall be glad to receive the opinions and experience of others, at the same I shall be quite ready to answer any questions or give any information that may be required—

An article written by Yourself2 will be more likely to answer the desired end than any thing that could be said by

Sir, | Your humble servt. | Henry Coe. C. Darwin. Esqr. | &c. &c.—


See letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle, [before 13 November 1858].


Sends more bean seeds.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Coe
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Knowle Asylum, Hampshire
Source of text
DAR 161: 195
Physical description
ALS 4pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2336,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7