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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.

Footnotes

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.

Bibliography

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

Summary

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.
DCP-LETT-4634
From
Charles Wentworth Dilke, Jr
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Sloane St, 76
Source of text
DAR 162: 180
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4634,” accessed on 14 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-4634.xml

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

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