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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Price   26 November 1868

Down. | Bromley Kent. S.E.

Nov. 26. 1868.

My dear Price

I am much obliged for your kind letter congratulating me on the success of my Son at Cambridge— I am very glad to hear that your own children give you so much satisfaction, for that is the Chief thing left to us now in life.1

I quite agree with you that the different means of propagation of plants is a most interesting subject: but I have so many irons in the fire that I doubt whether I could find time to investigate the Case of Cardamine nor do I suppose I could make anything out if I did.— I remember your letter on the subject, but I am not sure that you intend to say you have sent me some further paper on the subject; if so I have not received it.2

I saw some years ago the Heracleum growing & admired it extremely, & so I am much obliged for the seeds.3

With every good wish believe me my dear Price.


The reference is to George Howard Darwin’s recent election as fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. See letter from John Price, 28 October 1868 and n. 2.
In his letter of 5 March 1868, Price had mentioned his work on Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower or lady’s smock) and referred CD to articles he had written on the topic (see letter from John Price, 5 March 1868 and n. 4).


Thanks JP for congratulations on success of George Darwin at Cambridge.

Does not have time to investigate propagation of Cardamine.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Price
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Source of text
DAR 147: 274
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6479,” accessed on 18 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16