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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. 1.00] crossed pencil
3.1 Note … versa.— 3.00] scored pencil and red crayon

Letter details

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


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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10830,” accessed on 31 May 2016,