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From Francis Darwin   23 [May 1881]


Would like some of his notes. Has been looking at roots of Linum, cucurbits, larch, and orchids. Is content that mother should teach Bernard whatever religion she likes.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 [May 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13170F

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  • Wedgwood families were Unitarians; for Emma Darwin ’s views on religion, see Keynes 2001 , pp. 49–54. CD discussed the peg or heel that develops from a germinating seed in plants of the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family in Movement in plants , pp. 102–4. He had recently received a copy of Friedrich August Tscherning ’s dissertation on germination in the Cucurbitaceae; Tscherning wrote to Botanische Zeitung to claim priority for his observation of the peg in his dissertation ( Tscherning 1872 ; …
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