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To Federico Delpino   1 June [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

June 1st

Dear Sir

I am greatly obliged for the extraordinary trouble which you have taken in procuring for me the seeds of the Canna.2 I have received them safely & they will be extremely useful to me. I have so often shown my son the manner of fertilisation of various leguminous plants that I do not think it is likely that he has exaggerated the novelty of the contrivance in the Lotus; & therefore if you have any opportunity I still think it might be worth your looking at3

With very sincere thanks for your kindness, I remain with much respect,

Dear Sir, | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Federico Delpino, 20 May 1870.
See letter from Federico Delpino, 20 May 1870 and n. 4. The son concerned may have been William Erasmus Darwin.


Thanks FD for seeds of Canna.

Still thinks it would be worth FD’s while looking at the fertilisation of Lotus; does not think Frank Darwin has exaggerated the novelty of the contrivance.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Federico Delpino
Sent from
Source of text
Anna Barone (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7213,” accessed on 15 May 2021,

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