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To Alfred Newton   24 March [1863]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

March 24th

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for the potatoes, which arrived safely & are planted; they may come in very useful in crossing, as our cultivated potatoes present some odd peculiarities in their reproduction.—2

I shall be exceedingly glad of the foot of the Partridge, if you can get it for me: I will weigh the earth & then see, with due precautions, whether it contains any seeds capable of germination:3 I presume the foot will turn out to be a wounded one. I suppose you feel sure it is not a stupid hoax.—

With my sincere thanks for your kindness— | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is provided by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863.
See letter from Alfred Newton, 21 March 1863. See also letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 [March 1863], n. 9. Newton annotated this letter: ‘Wild Potatoes given me by Mr. Colchester who brought them from the W. coast of S. America & was my fellow passenger from St. Thos. to England in Jany./63.’


Thanks for potatoes, which may be useful in crossing.

Germination of seeds in earth on partridge’s foot.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Newton
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Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 9839/1D/53)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4435,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11