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To W. C. Williamson   24 October [1877]1

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

Oct. 24th

My dear Sir

It is very kind of you to have taken so much trouble. The specimens are quite beautiful.2 A circular star-formed disc with most elegant glands. D. spathulata must be descended from some form like D. rotundifolia.—

Yours faithfully & obliged | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. C. Williamson, 23 October 1877.
Williamson had sent CD specimens of Drosera spathulata (Australian sundew) to replace ones he had sent earlier that had been damaged in transit (see letter to W. C. Williamson, 22 October [1877], and letter from W. C. Williamson, 23 October 1877). Drosera rotundifolia is the common or round-leaved sundew.


Thanks WCW for sending specimens. Drosera spathulata must be descended from some form like D. rotundifolia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Crawford Williamson
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Source of text
Sotheby’s (dealers) (14 March 1973)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11206,” accessed on 26 October 2021,