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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. J. Beal   21 May 1878

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

May 21. 1878

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your extremely kind notice of my book on Cross Fertilisation & for your note of May 2d.—1

I have further to thank you for a copy of your article on Hairs &c.—

I am glad that you intend to experimentise2 & remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD’s copy of Beal’s review of Cross and self fertilisation is in DAR 226.1: 155 (Beal 1877). Beal’s letter of 2 May 1878 has not been found.
Beal’s article, ‘Hairs and glandular hairs of plants, their forms and uses’ (Beal 1878), was published in the American Naturalist in May 1878.


Beal, William James. 1877. Darwin’s new book. Scientific Farmer (June 1877): 74–5.

Beal, William James. 1878. Hairs and glandular hairs of plants, their forms and uses. American Naturalist 12: 271–82.

Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


Thanks for his notice of Cross and self-fertilisation.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11519,” accessed on 23 September 2021,