From Dorothy Frances Nevill [before 22 January 1862]1
Dangstein | Petersfield
My dear Sir
I have been a long time meditating whether I dared write and make the request I am about to do—but even if you cannot grant I hope you will take it as a compliment rather than in 〈any〉 other light— I am so gratified at having made your acquaintance2 altho 〈 〉 on paper 〈 〉 〈w〉ould so like if it were 〈po〉ssible that you would give me a photo or lithograph or any other portrait of yourself to hang up in my own sitting room Sir William Hooker3 and many more have done so and it is such a pleasure to have near me the resemblance of friends to whom I am indebted for so many pleasant hours—in reading their works and listening to their conversation— Do comply with my request if you possibly can—4 If I could I would buy one but to me that would be of no value unless it came from you and with your autograph— I shall enclose with this a list of orchids now in bloom that you may see whether you want any5 We have 2 splendid Stangeria Paradoxa now in blossom one the fruitful one the barren flower What a curious bulbous plant it is— Do you believe it is a Cycadaceous Palm of the same species as Dion Edule—6 I hope I have not exposed my ignorance in making these remarks—but I am so fond of all kinds of Botany and natural history that I fear I undertake too many things to do anything well— I only wish for an unframed photo or lithograph however bad I shall be most grateful for it
Yrs most truly | Dorothy Nevill
I am so interested in the account of your pigeons in your book7
Do you live ne〈ar〉 to Sydneys 〈 〉8
Will enclose list of orchids in bloom for CD’s use.
Asks for photograph; her pleasure in knowing CD.
Most interested in the account of pigeons in CD’s book [Origin].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3402,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3402