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To W. C. Tait   18 April [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent.

Ap. 18th.

Dear Sir

I am not very well owing to a fall from my horse & so write a line merely to thank you for your very obliging letter of April 13th.2 I hear the plants are going on very well, but I have not been able to go for a week to the greenhouse.

I have this day ordered my Orchis Book to be sent to Messrs. Rossari & will send there my paper on Climbing Plants.3 I feel sure that there will be no occasion to trouble you for any more of the Drossophyllum.

Whenever I go to London I will inquire of the Secretary of the Zoolog. Soc. whether they wish for any quadrupeds or birds from Portugal.4

With many thanks for all your kindness, believe me, | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. C. Tait, 13 April 1869.
See letter from W. C. Tait, 13 April 1869. The secretary of the Zoological Society of London was Philip Lutley Sclater.


Not well owing to fall from horse.

[Drosophyllum] plants going on very well.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Chester Tait
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Source of text
Alan R. Tait (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6705,” accessed on 28 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17