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To Charles Victor Naudin1   7 February 1863

le 7 février 1863

Cher Monsieur,

Une absence de chez moi m’a empéché de vous offrir mes remercimen(t)s sinc‘er(e)s pour la peine que vous avez pris(e) en m’écrivant votre lettre du 2 Février si remplie d’information(s) d’une si grande valeur.2

Il me fait grand plaisir d’avoir votre opinion (autant que vous ˆetes capable de l’exprimer) sur le croisement des variétés de Melons; et je m’en servirai pour l(a) citer.3

Récemment j’ai fait grand usage de vos Mémoires admirables sur les Cucurbitacae,4 autant pour la citation que pour m’informer. Je vous remercie bien de votre intention de m’envoyer votre nouveau Mémoire.5 J’anticipe avec grand intérˆet votre ouvrage sur l’Hybridation.6

Agréez mes remerciements cordi(aux) pour votre extrˆeme bonté et croyez moi, avec beaucoup de respect, votre tr‘es obéissant serviteur.

Charles Darwin.7

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Appendix I.
Naudin’s letter has not been found. CD was in London from 4 to 14 February 1863, staying at Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house at 6 Queen Anne Street (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).
CD had sent a memorandum to Naudin requesting information on crossing varieties of melon (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and this volume, letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 January 1863). CD cited Naudin’s study of varieties of melon (Naudin 1859) in Variation 1: 359–60. CD’s notes on Naudin 1859 are preserved in DAR 205.7 (2): 146. CD cited additional information supplied by Naudin in Variation 2: 108.
CD refers to Naudin 1856 and 1862. In discussing the variations of cucurbitaceous plants in Variation 1: 357–60, CD quoted extensively from Naudin’s experiments on the genus Cucurbita (Naudin 1856). CD’s notes on Naudin’s article are in DAR 205.7 (2): 141. CD wrote a draft of this chapter between October and December 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II); it dealt with variation in fruits, ornamental trees, and flowers.
Naudin may have referred to his forthcoming publication on hybridity (Naudin 1863). There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Naudin’s researches on the hybridisation of plants were published in Naudin 1863 and 1865, of which there are annotated copies in the Darwin Library–CUL. For Naudin 1865, see Marginalia 1: 638–9. CD’s opinion of Naudin’s work is discussed in Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 [June 1862], and letter to Asa Gray, 1 July [1862].
A footnote in Blaringhem 1913, p. 94, notes that only the signature of this letter is in CD’s hand.

Translation

To Charles Victor Naudin1   7 February 1863

7 February 1863

Dear Sir,

An absence from home has prevented me from offering you my sincere thanks for the trouble that you took in writing your letter of February 2, so full of such valuable information.2

It pleases me greatly to have your opinion (as far as you are able to express it) on the crossing of varieties of melons; and I will use it in quotations.3

Recently I made extensive use of your admirable study of the Cucurbitacae,4 as much as a source of quotations as for my own information. I thank you sincerely for your intention of sending me your latest paper.5 I look forward with great interest to your work on hybridisation.6

Please accept my cordial thanks for your great kindness and believe me, with much respect, your most obedient servant.

Charles Darwin7

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Appendix I.
Naudin’s letter has not been found. CD was in London from 4 to 14 February 1863, staying at Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house at 6 Queen Anne Street (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)).
CD had sent a memorandum to Naudin requesting information on crossing varieties of melon (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 24 December [1862], and this volume, letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 January 1863). CD cited Naudin’s study of varieties of melon (Naudin 1859) in Variation 1: 359–60. CD’s notes on Naudin 1859 are preserved in DAR 205.7 (2): 146. CD cited additional information supplied by Naudin in Variation 2: 108.
CD refers to Naudin 1856 and 1862. In discussing the variations of cucurbitaceous plants in Variation 1: 357–60, CD quoted extensively from Naudin’s experiments on the genus Cucurbita (Naudin 1856). CD’s notes on Naudin’s article are in DAR 205.7 (2): 141. CD wrote a draft of this chapter between October and December 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II); it dealt with variation in fruits, ornamental trees, and flowers.
Naudin may have referred to his forthcoming publication on hybridity (Naudin 1863). There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Naudin’s researches on the hybridisation of plants were published in Naudin 1863 and 1865, of which there are annotated copies in the Darwin Library–CUL. For Naudin 1865, see Marginalia 1: 638–9. CD’s opinion of Naudin’s work is discussed in Correspondence vol. 10, letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 [June 1862], and letter to Asa Gray, 1 July [1862].
A footnote in Blaringhem 1913, p. 94, notes that only the signature of this letter is in CD’s hand.

Summary

Thanks for informative letter of 2 February. CD is glad to have CVN’s opinion on the crossing of varieties of melons,

has made use of his memoir on the Cucurbitaceae ["Cucurbitacées cultivées au Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle en 1862", Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 18 (1863): 159–208]

and anticipates with great interest his work on hybridisation.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3972
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Naudin, C. V.
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
Progressus rei botanicæ 4 (1913): 94
Physical description
(French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3972,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3972

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