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To Daniel Oliver   15 December [1864]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 15

Dear Oliver

Will you be so kind as to tell me, if you should happen to know the addresses of Planchon, Hofmeister & Schleiden?2

Do you want a spare copy of my Lithrum paper3 & of the 3 other papers communicated by me,4 as I do not send them to members of Linn. Soc unless they are wanted.5 I fear you cannot advise me whether Dr Cruger left a widow to whom to send the spare copies of his paper.6 Excuse brevity & forgery7 as I am unwell in bed.

your sincerely | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Daniel Oliver, 16 December 1864.
CD refers to Jules Emile Planchon, Wilhelm Hofmeister, and Matthias Jacob Schleiden. Their names appear on the presentation list for ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria (see Correspondence vol. 12, Appendix III).
The reference is to ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria. Oliver’s name appears on the presentation list for the paper followed by a question mark (see Correspondence vol.12, Appendix III).
For CD’s presentation list for ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix III. For his presentation list for ‘Two forms in species of Linum, see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix IV.
Hermann Crüger died in Trinidad on 28 February 1864. The paper referred to is Crüger 1864 (see letter from Hermann Crüger, 21 January 1864). CD had arranged for its publication by the Linnean Society (see letter to Daniel Oliver, 17 February [1864] and nn. 3 and 5).
The letter was written and signed with CD’s name by Emma Darwin.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Crüger, Hermann. 1864. A few notes on the fecundation of orchids and their morphology. [Read 3 March 1864.] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 8 (1865): 127–35.

‘Dimorphic condition in Primula’: On the two forms, or dimorphic condition, in the species of Primula, and on their remarkable sexual relations. By Charles Darwin. [Read 21 November 1861.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 77–96. [Collected papers 2: 45–63.]

‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria’: On the sexual relations of the three forms of Lythrum salicaria. By Charles Darwin. [Read 16 June 1864.] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 8 (1865): 169–96. [Collected papers 2: 106–31.]

‘Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum’: On the three remarkable sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum, an orchid in the possession of the Linnean Society. By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 April 1862.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 151–7. [Collected papers 2: 63–70.]

‘Two forms in species of Linum’: On the existence of two forms, and on their reciprocal sexual relation, in several species of the genus Linum. By Charles Darwin. [Read 5 February 1863.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 7 (1864): 69–83. [Collected papers 2: 93–105.]


Requests addresses of J. E. Planchon, W. F. Hofmeister and M. J. Schleiden so he can send them copies of Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Daniel Oliver
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Source of text
DAR 261.10: 62 (EH 88206045)
Physical description
L(S) 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4716,” accessed on 5 December 2022,

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