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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   27 September [1877]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Sept. 27th

My dear Dyer

You have sent us a most magnificent supply of Australian leaves, & Frank was hard at work all yesterday in removing bloom & weighing lots of leaves in our grand new chemical balance. The poor mertensia looks very bad & I fear will never revive, & this goes to my heart, as it seems to have splendid bloom.2

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 22 September 1877.
CD had requested leaves from Eucalyptus globulus and an Australian acacia in his letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 22 September 1877. He also accepted Thiselton-Dyer’s offer of an oysterleaf plant (Mertensia maritima). He was conducting experiments with Francis Darwin into the function of bloom.


Thanks for Australian leaves for "bloom" experiments.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
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Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: f. 99)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11156,” accessed on 26 September 2021,