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From Charles Wentworth Dilke   12 October 1864

76 Sloane Street SW.

12 Oct 1864

Dear Sir

I notice your question in last Gardeners Chronicle & send you such information as I can get.1 It is perhaps hardly precise enough to print in the Chronicle   I therefore address it to you to deal with as you like.

In the notes to “Perkins A new Almanack” 1681 2 are “Excellent Notes of Husbandry & Gardening for each month in the year”

“February Observations sow all sorts of Pease & other Pulse, sow mustard seed” &c March x x “make an end of sowing all manner of Pulse” July x x “gather garden beans”

I have been through our Almanacs from 1682 to 1693 & find no other allusion to gardening. If you are content with later dates I shall have much pleasure in further examining.

Yours truly | C Wentworth Dilke

Charles Darwin Esq

I ought to mention that our Series only commences with 1681— we have but one before that—1678.


See letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle, [before 8 October 1864]. Dilke was one of the co-founders of Gardeners’ Chronicle.
The reference is to Perkins 1681.


Perkins, Francis. 1681. A new Almanack, for the year of Our Lord God, 1681. London: Company of Stationers.


In response to CD’s notice in Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 2: 93], sends planting times of peas from an 1861 almanac.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Wentworth Dilke, Jr
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Sloane St, 76
Source of text
DAR 162: 180
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4634,” accessed on 21 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12