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Darwin Correspondence Project

From James Tenant   23 April 1857


April 23rd/57

Dr Sir

I have tried the Fish with Oats and the two sorts of Seeds that you sent1 The Tench and Cm Carp and Gold Fish take Both Sorts equally well but I cannot get them to take Oats but if I ever succeed will let you know the result

Your obedient | Servant | J Tenant C Darwin Esqe

CD annotations

Top of page: ‘18’2 brown crayon
Bottom of page: ‘over’ink Verso: ‘Yellow Water Lily & Potamogeton Natans’3 ink


The number of CD’s portfolio of notes on the means of dispersal of animals and plants.
CD’s annotations refer to an entry in his Experimental book, p. 18 (DAR 157a), that reads: ‘Fish ate Yellow Water Lily & Potamogeton seeds— 3 Water Lily seeds passed through a Stork, but did not germinate’.


Fish will take both sorts of seeds sent by CD, but will not take oats.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Tenant
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 205.2: 258
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2081,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6