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Darwin Correspondence Project

To David Moore   12 July 1874

July 12 1874

My dear Sir

Drosophyllum has just arrived in perfect condition, & I thank you sincerely for this valuable present.1 I received yesterday a large stock of Utricularia from the New Forest so that I need not trouble you to send any more of this plant.2 I thank you for your very interesting letter.

I have been particularly glad to hear about P. grandiflora, as I recd plants a few days ago from Cornwall, & am now growing them.3

Pray accept my cordial thank & believe me | yours very faithfully | In Haste | Charles Darwin


CD probably received the Utricularia (bladderwort) from William Erasmus Darwin, who had been searching for the plant (see letter to John Ralfs, 8 July 1874 and n. 2).
John Ralfs sent CD specimens of Pinguicula grandiflora (large-flowered butterwort; see letter from John Ralfs, 9 July 1874). Moore had mentioned that it was easier to grow than P. vulgaris (common butterwort) because it did not die out like the latter (see letter from David Moore, 9 July 1874 and n. 4).


Thanks for Drosophyllum. No longer needs Utricularia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
David (David Moir) Moore
Sent from
Source of text
National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin (DSS/DM/1/1/16)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9544,” accessed on 14 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22