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From Asa Gray   20 October 1869

Charlton House, Kew

Oct. 20, 1869

My Dear Darwin

If you receive about this time by post some bulbous little things they should be of Drosera filiformis, which plant in sand & peat, and keep cold till near spring, when you can set them growing in greenhouse. I shall be curious to know if you detect any sensibility in the glandular hairs.

We have filled up the time very busily indeed since our pleasant glimpse of you, and now near the end are busier still. We take steamer of 9th Nov.

If ever you & Mrs. Darwin get up to London in these 2 or 3 weeks please let us know that we may see you before we go.

My wife unites in best regards to you & yours. She—remembering your taste for American literature—sends specimens of the coming school-books and nursery rhymes.

Ever Yours | A. Gray


Has sent CD some Drosera specimens.

Returns to U. S. on 9 November.

Letter details

Letter no.
Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 165: 171
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6946,” accessed on 14 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17