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To Alphonse de Candolle   10 October 1877

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

Oct 10. 1877

My dear Sir,

I thank you cordially for your two letters on bloom which will be very useful to us as showing how much or how little is known about the distribution of plants thus provided.1 Your remarks seem very just with respect to evaporation & absorption.2 On the latter head we have made very few experiments as yet

The investigation has been a tedious & difficult one, but I hope that we shall be able to throw some little light on the subject.

Again accept my thanks for your great kindness, & I remain, with much respect, | my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


See letters from Alphonse de Candolle, 14 August 1877 and 8 October 1877. Francis Darwin and CD were working together on bloom on plants; see letter to Fritz Müller, 14 May 1877 and n. 2.


AdeC’s two letters on bloom will be very useful; his remarks on evaporation and absorption seem very just. CD has made few experiments as yet. The investigation has been tedious and difficult.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Alphonse de Candolle
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Archives de la famille de Candolle (private collection)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11176,” accessed on 26 September 2021,