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To D. F. Nevill   3 September 1874

Down, Beckenham, Kent

3rd September 1874

Dear Lady Dorothy Nevill,—

I am much obliged for your Ladyship’s extremely kind letter.1 I have nearly finished my work on Dionea, and though a fine specimen would have been of much use to me, I shall manage pretty well with some poor plants which I have.

“I have never seen Drosera dichotoma, and should much like to make a cursory examination of it.2 Will you be so good as to tell your gardener3 to address it to

C. Darwin, Orpington Station, S.E.R.

To be forwarded immediately by a foot messenger

I will return the plant as soon as my observations are finished, and I hope it will not be injured.

I have so often heard of the beauty of the gardens of Dangstein, that I should much enjoy seeing them; but the state of my health prevents me going anywhere.

Pray believe me, your Ladyship’s truly obliged, | Charles Darwin


See letter from D. F. Nevill, 2 September [1874].
See letter from D. F. Nevill, 2 September [1874]. CD acknowledged Nevill for providing a specimen of Drosera dichotoma in Insectivorous plants, pp. 281–2. Drosera dichotoma is a synonym of D. binata, the forked-leaf sundew.
Nevill’s head gardener was James Vair.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Thanks DFN for her letter [see 9620].

Has nearly finished work on Dionaea.

Asks her to send a specimen of Drosera dichotoma.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Sent from
Source of text
Nevill 1910, pp. 107–8

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9624F,” accessed on 21 January 2022,

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