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To J. S. Henslow   14 October [1857]1

Down Bromley Kent

Oct. 14th

My dear Henslow

It is a great shame to trouble you about such trifles; but your Myosotis is beginning to sport under my treatment;2 & I want to know whether it is not an odd thing some of the calyces, (as the one separate one) having 6 nuts.— Some twigs produce green flowers, with the nuts oddly elongated; of which I send a little twig, I do not send more, as I want to save the monstrous seeds.— The shortest scrap in answer anytime wd much oblige me.

Most truly yours | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter to J. S. Henslow, 18 October [1857].
CD’s observations are recorded in his Experimental book, p. 31 (DAR 157a) in an entry dated 14 October 1857. It is not clear to which set of Myosotis seeds sent by Henslow he refers.


JSH’s Myosotis is beginning to sport. Asks whether some features are not odd.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 93: A119
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2153,” accessed on 14 May 2021,

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