From Asa Gray 27 October 1862
27 Oct. 1862.
My Dear Darwin
This heavy mail for you is merely for the purpose of carrying a 30 cents stamp for Leonard, so you must distribute the contents to oblige him.1 Do not prepay the continental letters, unless required, as I think is not the case.
Enclosed is a cent stamp, the like of which is new to me, & perhaps to the young gentleman. Tell him, also, that I have to-day bought stamps on envelopes, of 12, 20 & 24 cts. which I shall make do duty—like the present 30 ct in carrying my letters, and then they will go into his collection.— These make up all his desiderata, except the 90cts—which I never saw, but I will invest in this, whenever I have something heavy to send.
I enclose seeds of Nesæa—near Lythrum, likely to be in the dimorphous or trimorphous way.2
I wait for Capt. Anderson, of Cunard Steamer, that I may send you 3 Cypripedia & Mitchella.3
A second notice of your Orchid book, in Sill. Jour. is mostly made up of obs. on our Ophrydeæ, and Cypripedium.4 I hope to send you the sheets soon.
No scientific news— no letter of yours to answer. I am bound to write to you, to utilize the three envelopes before me.—
Presidents Emancipation proclamation is working well on the whole.5 Our Courage does not fail, and I think will not.
Ever Yours cordially | Asa Gray
Sends Nesaea seeds for CD
and stamps for Leonard Darwin.