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From Asa Gray   6 February 1977


Feb. 6, 1877

Dear Darwin

Specimens in herb. glued down had to detach & present satisfactorily. And I have lately culled out & sent away superfluous sheets from herb. in Polemoniaceæ   But I send you a little of Gilia pulchella = aggregata.1 Under some of its names seeds are to be had. Get & raise various lots.

It is because Phlox subulata2 is a common plant that I can’t help you. much   Common plants always get sparingly into herbaria. But I can fish up some flowers & buds for you.

Note that long stamens do not go with short style & vice versa.—

A hasty line—being post-day.

You have not sent me title page & preface to Orchid-book. Rest of sheets complete.3

In haste | Ever Yours | Asa Gray

Dont hesitate to ask every thing of me, tho, you get little.

CD annotations

1.1 Specimens … lots. 1.4] crossed pencil
3.1 Note … versa.— ] scored pencil and red crayon


Sends specimen of Gilia aggregata and will try to get Phlox subulata.

Letter details

Letter no.
Gray, Asa
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Cambridge Mass.
Source of text
DAR 165: 193
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10830,” accessed on 21 October 2016,