To Asa Gray 9 August 1876
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)
My dear Gray
I have just received “Darwiniana” & am much obliged for it.1 I am uncommonly glad that you have been urged to take this step, not only on my own account, but for the public good; for every one of your articles seemed to me excellent. I will soon read the whole, but I shall not be able to resist reading the two new articles first.2
I see by Table of contents that you discuss one subject, viz the meaning of sex on which I have entered in a new book now gone to Press—“The effects of cross & self-fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom”.3 This will complete all that I shall ever do on this subject. I am, however, preparing a new Edit. of my Orchid book, & this has led me to reread several of your short notices on this subject.4 But there has been so much published, that I have been able only to give the briefest abstract with references of what has been done. As it is I have had to cut up the book immensely. Of course both these books will be sent you when they are published.5 I suppose that you are working away as hard as ever. I think the older one gets the more there is to do.
Pray give our kindest remembrances to Mrs Gray.6 | Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Did you have time to glance at my son’s Frank’s paper on Stipa: he makes out nicely that the twisting depends on the twisting of each separate cell.7 He has now made a fine discovery, but it is too long a story.8
AG’s Darwiniana .
Cross and self-fertilisation has now gone to press.
Is preparing new edition of Orchids.