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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 Moir/David 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 21 January 2022,

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