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From Daniel Oliver   16 December 1864

Royal Gardens Kew 16. Decr./64 My dear Sir

Dr. J. E. Planchon Montpellier.

Prof. W. Hofmeister. Heidelberg.

Prof. M. J. Schleiden Dorpat.1

As I have yr. papers2 (most admirable & wonderful papers) in my numbers of the Linnean Proc. I do not require them for my own use, but if occasion turn up I shall not scruple to ask you for a spare copy. Dr. Crüger did not I feel pretty sure leave a widow.3 He was an intimate friend of Mr. G. P. Wall—a near relative of my wife’s—who carried out the Geologl. Survey of Trinidad a few years ago.4 He (Wall) admired Crüger greatly & is warm always in his praise. I fancy he left a brother in Germany (?).5 I have so much systematic work (which—with the dissections it requires) interests me much, especy. in connection with the proposed Flora of Tropical Africa,6—that I have little time for any other branch of Botany.

Very sincerely yours | Danl. Oliver


Jules Emile Planchon, Wilhelm Hofmeister, and Matthias Jacob Schleiden. See letter to Daniel Oliver, 15 December [1864].
Hermann Crüger. See letter to Daniel Oliver, 15 December [1864] and n. 6.
George Parkes Wall completed his work as director of the Geological Survey of Trinidad in 1860 (see Wall and Sawkins 1860).
Crüger’s obituary, published in Botanische Zeitung 22 (1864): 119–20, mentions a brother, but does not mention whether Crüger was married. The brother has not been further identified.
The first volume of Flora of tropical Africa appeared in 1868 (Oliver 1868–77).


Oliver, Daniel. 1868–77. Flora of tropical Africa. 3 vols. London: L. Reeve and Co.


Sends addresses of Planchon, Hofmeister, and Schleiden.

Hermann Crüger left no widow.

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Daniel Oliver
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 173: 29
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4718,” accessed on 6 March 2021,

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