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From D. T. Fish   6 June 1877

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June 6th 1877


I enclose—specimens of the holly in flower the solitary plant that bo〈re〉 a full crop of Berries here last year〈.〉1 Also a second specimen of one that bore a few berries   Also a fine specimen of male flowering holly—that bears 〈n〉one   The latter seems to have a more fulsome smell than the two former. The berries are well formed and being so late and bees abounding— when the wind permits 〈    〉 take their sweeps abroad   our prospects seem good for holly berries this winter— It seems as if hollies and Apples—will be our chief fruits with in some districts perhaps a few go〈os〉eberries and cherries as in most ha〈  〉 tre〈  〉 Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines Pears and Plums are a complete failure

I am Sir | Your obedient servant | D T Fish



Fish had written to Gardeners’ Chronicle in reply to CD’s query about the scarcity of holly-berries (see letter to Gardeners’ Chronicle, 17 January [1877] and n. 2).


Sends holly specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
David Taylor Fish
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 164: 122
Physical description
2pp inc & damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10987,” accessed on 28 September 2021,