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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   31 January [1878]1

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

Jan. 31st

My dear Dyer

In truth I was ashamed of myself, when I saw what trouble I had caused you.— All your information is of the greatest use to me, & I beg of you to thank cordially Prof. Oliver. Mr Baker & the others who have aided me.2 I can say that I have not asked for information about the plants, in any case, without having spent much time about them.

Cyclamen will be of no use with respect nutation & burying the capsules, but your facts & Mr. Benthams suggestion about the step in burying shall be worked in in a new Edit. of Forms of Flowers which I must soon prepare.3

The variability of the bloom in the Fern is quite new to me, but I had analogous cases & intended to use the argument about the apparent unimportance of the secretion.—4

I will write to Saporta, as Hooker wishes me to do, & will give your general verdict & send the African leaf.—5

Once again let me thank you very sincerely for all your very valuable information

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 29 January 1878.
Daniel Oliver and John Gilbert Baker. See letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 29 January 1878.
George Bentham. See letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 29 January 1878 and n. 7, and Forms of flowers 2d ed., pp. xi–xii.

Bibliography

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

Forms of flowers 2d ed.: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.

Summary

Thanks for WTT-D’s help.

Burying action of seeds.

"Bloom" on ferns.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11340,” accessed on 20 January 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-11340.xml

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