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From Francis Galton   14 April 1875

42 Rutland Gate London

April 14/75

My dear Darwin

George1 told me that you wd. very kindly have some sweet peas planted for me, & save me the produce. I send them in a separate envelope with marked bags to put the produce in, and full instructions which I think your gardener will easily understand. I am most anxious to repair the disaster of last year by which I lost the produce of all my sweet peas at Kew.2

With very many thanks | Yours very faithfully | Francis Galton


George Howard Darwin.
Seven of Galton’s friends, throughout the United Kingdom, weighed and measured sweet-pea seeds over successive generations; Galton reported the experiments in his Natural inheritance (Galton 1889, pp. 79–82, 225–6). The gardener who normally assisted CD in botanical experiments was Henry Lettington.


Galton, Francis. 1889. Natural inheritance. London: Macmillan.


Is sending some seeds of sweetpeas, which George [Darwin] said CD would plant for him.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Galton
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Rutland Gate, 42
Source of text
DAR 105: A78
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9928,” accessed on 22 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23