To Asa Gray 15 August 1878
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Aug. 15th. 78
My dear Gray.
Dr. Hugo de Vries, who has done such excellent work on climbing plants & at my suggestion wishes to make some observations on the tendrils of Echinocystis lobata (I think this is the right name, but I am writing away from home) of which you formerly sent me seeds.—1 He has tried everywhere to get seeds & I have offered to write to you.— If you can I beg you to send him seeds addressed to
Prof. Hugo de Vries Amsterdam
He is Prof. of Botany there.
I see that we are both elected Com: Members of the Institut. It is rather a good joke that I shd be elected in the Botanical section, as the extent of my knowledge is little more than that a daisy is a compositous plant & a pea a leguminous one.—2
Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
I am very anxious for De Vries to test one of my observations on Echinocystis.—3
Requests seeds of Echinocystis lobata for Hugo de Vries.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11659,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11659