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Darwin Correspondence Project

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

Footnotes

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.

Bibliography

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

Summary

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.
DCP-LETT-9624F
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Dorothy Fanny Nevill
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Nevill 1910, pp. 107–8

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9624F,” accessed on 1 April 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-9624F.xml

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

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