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Lot 211
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Darwin, Charles

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Description

  • Darwin, Charles
  • Autograph letter signed ("C. Darwin"), to Arthur Rawson
  • ink on paper
discussing unusual primula flowers and asking for additional details about Rawson's experiments with gladioli ("...of two plants of same var. A you find pollens from one does not fertilise the stigma of the other; but that pollen (as in previous years) from vers. B.C.D. &c do fertilise var. A - This is correct??..."), 4 pages, 8vo, headed stationery of Down, Bromley, Kent, 2 April [1863], some adhesive residue on left margin of first page

Literature

The Darwin Correspondence Project (http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/)

Catalogue Note

A typical example of Darwin's scientific correspondence, enquiring in meticulous detail about ongoing experiments and observations, written the year after the publication of his book on the fertilisation of orchids. Arthur Rawson (1818-91) was a clergyman in Bromley (just a few miles from Darwin's home) who cultivated orchids and other flowers. Two of Rawson's letters to Darwin relating to the experiments discussed here are known, but the present letter is unpublished.
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