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To George King   7 May 1877

Down | Beckenham.

May 7. 1877

My dear Sir,

I am very much obliged to you for sending me the seeds of the Melastomaceæ, & for your kindness in taking so much trouble in forwarding me the skins of the pigeons. Will you be so good as to give Dr Scully the enclosed note?1

Believe me, my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


CD was interested in heterostyly in the family Melastomaceae (now Melastomataceae; see Correspondence vol. 23, letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 3 October [1875] and nn. 5 and 6). The pigeon skins were forwarded by King from John Scully, who had collected them in Yarkand, China (see postcard to Albert Günther, 4 May [1877] and n. 2). The note to Scully has not been found.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks GK for the seeds of the Melastomaceae

and skins of the pigeons,

and forwards a note to Dr Scully.

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Charles Robert Darwin
George King
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DAR 185: 113i
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10952F,” accessed on 18 September 2021,