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To Miles Joseph Berkeley   7 April [1855]

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Asks for a pea variety for an experiment.

Discusses C. F. v. Gärtner’s results [in Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849)]. Criticises Gärtner’s belief that hybrids are always less fertile than their parents.

Asks about MJB’s experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Miles Joseph Berkeley
Date:  7 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/134/41)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1662

To J. D. Hooker   7 April [1855]

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CD has begun seed-salting experiments. Wants JDH to write which seeds he expects to be easily killed [in salt water].

CD’s idea that coal-plants lived in salt water like mangroves made JDH savage.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1661
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