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From Isaac Anderson-Henry   24 May 1867

Hay Lodge, Trinity, | Edinburgh.

May 24/67

My dear Sir

I have just a minute before starting for a run to the Country to say in reply that I have found the Xd pods of Arabis blepharophylla larger in proportion to its normal ones or those of its male parent A. Soyerii than I stated—1 Particulars tomorrow

I have sent off Maillet. Please keep him as from me2

Ever yours very faithfully | Is Anderson Henry


Anderson-Henry had crossed Arabis blepharophylla with A. soyeri, and obtained two pods ‘about twice the size of the normal pods’ (letter from Isaac Anderson-Henry, 20 May 1867). CD had asked him to confirm that the pods were larger than those of A. soyeri (letter to Isaac Anderson-Henry, 22 May [1867]).
Anderson-Henry refers to Maillet 1750 (see letter to Isaac Anderson-Henry, 22 May [1867] and n. 4).


Maillet, Benoît de. 1750. Telliamed: or, discourses between an Indian philosopher and a French missionary, on the diminution of the sea, the formation of the earth, the origin of men and animals, and other curious subjects, relating to natural history and philosophy. Translated from the French. London: T. Osborne.


Has crossed pods of Arabis blepharophylla larger than normal ones.

Sends Telliamed as gift.

Letter details

Letter no.
Isaac Anderson/Isaac Anderson Henry
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 159: 69
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5549,” accessed on 30 January 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15