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From Federico Delpino1   [1870]2

Onorevole Signore!

Permetta che le offra in omaggio anche un altro piccolo lavoro “l’applicazione della Teoria Darwiniana ai fiori e agl’insetti visitatori dei fiori”3

Tanto l’autore che il traduttore4 contano tra i di Lei discepoli, più convinti e persuasi delle grandi verità esposte nella Dottrina che da Lei prende il nome. Ella voglia nella sua bontà gradire il tenue dono.

Forse occuperà men ben〈  〉 il suo tempo, se si risolve a leggere questo libretto; non ostante mi sarebbe estremamente caro che leggesse la mia annotazione che si trova a pagg. 31. 32.

In quest’ annotazione io ho sommariamente esposto le ragioni che mi hanno reso profondamente persuaso della variabilità indefinita degli esseri, comecchè in perfetto accordo colle teorie vitalistiche e teleologiche da noi propugnate.

Riceva di nuovo l’attestato della mia altissima stima e riconoscenza. | Ossequentissimo discepolo | Federico Delpino | Professor di botanica a Vallombrosa.

(Firenze per Vallombrosa)

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 18, Appendix I.
The date is established by the reference to Delpino trans. 1870a (see n. 3, below).
Delpino refers to Delpino trans. 1870a (The application of Darwinian theory to flowers and to the insects that visit flowers), an annotated translation of H. Müller 1869. There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Delpino refers to himself and to Hermann Müller.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Müller, Hermann. 1869. Die Anwendung der Darwin’schen Lehre auf Blumen und blumen-besuchende Insekten. [Read 18 May 1869.] Verhandlungen des naturhistorischen Vereines der preussischen Rheinlande und Westphalens (Botanik, Correspondenzblatt) 26: 43–66.

Translation

From Federico Delpino1   [1870]2

Honourable Sir!

Allow me to offer you as a gift another small piece of work, “l’applicazione della Teoria Darwiniana ai fiori e agl’insetti visitatori dei fiori”.3

Both author and translator4 can be counted amongst your disciples, all the more so as they are convinced and persuaded of the great truths exposed in the Doctrine that is named after you. May you in your great kindness accept this slender gift.

Perhaps it would not be the best use of your time, if you resolved to read this pamphlet; still, it would be extremely important to me if you read my annotations on pp. 31. 32.

In this annotation I have briefly set out the reasons that have profoundly convinced me of the infinite variability of beings, though in perfect harmony with the vitalistic and teleological theories propounded over here.

Please accept anew the profession of my highest esteem and gratitude | Your most obedient disciple | Federico Delpino | Professor of botany, Vallombrosa

(Firenze per Vallombrosa)

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original Italian, see p. 1.
The date is established by the reference to Delpino trans. 1870a (see n. 3, below).
Delpino refers to Delpino trans. 1870a (The application of Darwinian theory to flowers and to the insects that visit flowers), an annotated translation of H. Müller 1869. There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Delpino refers to himself and to Hermann Müller.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Müller, Hermann. 1869. Die Anwendung der Darwin’schen Lehre auf Blumen und blumen-besuchende Insekten. [Read 18 May 1869.] Verhandlungen des naturhistorischen Vereines der preussischen Rheinlande und Westphalens (Botanik, Correspondenzblatt) 26: 43–66.

Summary

Sends CD "L’applicazione della teoria Darwiniana ai fiori ed agli insetti visitatori dei fiori" [Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 2 (1870)]. Continues to support vitalism and teleology.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7055
From
Federico Delpino
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Vallombrosa
Source of text
DAR 162: 141
Physical description
1p (Italian)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7055,” accessed on 18 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-7055.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18

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