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From G. C. Oxenden   13 July [1862]1

Dear Sir

One or two chances yet remain, namely with

—Epipactis latifolia

—Epipactis purpurata—2

If you wish any work done with either of these, please write—& put the words

to be forwarded” upon the Envelope—as I am leaving home—

E. latifolia is a very pleasing handsome plant—

—I hope your domestic tribulations are disappearing 3

Sincerely | G. C. Oxenden

Broome | July 13.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from G. C. Oxenden, 4 June [1862] (Correspondence vol. 10).
Oxenden had promised to send specimens of Epipactis latifolia and E. purpurata as well as E. palustris to CD (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter from G. C. Oxenden, 4 June [1862]). No further letter from Oxenden on E. purpurata has been found, but in Orchids, 2d ed., p. 102, CD cited Oxenden for the information that E. purpurata was frequented by ‘swarms of wasps’; see also ‘Fertilization of orchids’, p. 150 (Collected papers 2: 147).
In his letter of 21 June 1862, Oxenden had recommended a treatment for Leonard Darwin, who was ill with scarlet fever (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter from G. C. Oxenden, 21 June 1862 and n. 1).


Offers more Epipactis.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Chichester Oxenden
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Broome Canterbury
Source of text
DAR 173: 65
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4565,” accessed on 28 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)