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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Emma Darwin to John Scott   24 September [1863]1

Malvern Wells

Sep. 24

Dear Sir

Mr Darwin desires me to say that your M.S. is safely arrived & as there is no chance of his being able to study it for several weeks would you like it returned to you or shall he keep it?2

I am dear Sir | yours truly | E. Darwin

Mr Darwin desires me to thank you for the papers on Sterility of Orchids.3 He sent one to the Botanische Zeitung & one to Dr Hooker, but he has not heard from Dr Hooker since.4

The first thing Mr D can apply his mind to shall be your paper but I am afraid that it must be some time first.5


The year is established by the address; according to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD stayed at Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, from 3 September to 12 or 13 October 1863.
The reference is to the manuscript of Scott 1864a, which Scott had sent to CD for comment (see letter from John Scott, 21 September [1863]).


JS’s MS [of Primula paper] arrived, but CD is too ill to read it.

CD has sent JS’s paper on orchid sterility to Botanische Zeitung and to Hooker.

Letter details

Letter no.
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
John Scott
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 93: B3–4
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4304,” accessed on 14 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11